Origin of the phrase “motherfucker”


February 28, 2006 4:53 PM

The term is used so often these days that we have become desensitised to it. And you’d think that only men would use it or be called that, but women use it too. At times it’s even a compliment like: sexy muthafucka.

Anyway I don’t know why but the word just kept popping into my head today. You know what they say about idle hands being the instruments of the devil? Well, you can add idle minds to that saying. ;)

So naturally I googled for the true origins of this near ubiquitous phrase and found a fascinating read on Wikipedia. Besides the obvious meaning that one has committed the big taboo of incest, there’s also the theory of it being African-American in nature and the theory goes like this: back in the slavery days, it is very common for slave women to be raped by the slave owners. The children born out of these unions were taught not to call these rapists “father” but, you guessed it – “motherfucker”.

Which may sorta explain why the term is so prevalent in black music and comedy.

We learn something new everyday. :)

More at the Wikipedia article and its accompanying discussion.

9 thoughts on “Origin of the phrase “motherfucker”

  1. Steve Berndt

    I’ve heard the term is worse than slave owners not wanting their illicit black skinned offspring to call them “father”. Is there any truth to the notion that some slave owners forced large black sons to have sex with their mothers in order to create even larger inbred slaves? Everything awful happens at least once of course but I’ve been told this was a widespread practice.

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  2. Four11

    I’ve heard the term motherfucker originated from slavery. Slave owners would forced sons of slaves to have sex with their mothers producing genetically deformed offspring.

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  3. Foor Oneone

    I’ve heard the term motherfucker originated from slavery. Slave owners would forced sons of slaves to have sex with their mothers producing genetically deformed offspring.

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