If you think that casually tossing the F-bomb around in conversation is okay because it’s ‘just a (less than flattering) word for intercourse’, think about this:
The original meaning of the word (circa ~1300) meant “to strike.” Then there is almost no mention of the word for centuries because it was highly offensive in a sexual connotation. Let’s put the two together. “To strike in a sexually offensive way.” Though there is no formal conclusion drawn by scholars, it sounds like sexual assault/rape. Why else would it be so offensive for centuries?
So, would it sound okay to go around saying, “rape you”, or “mother raper,” or “what the rape?” Does that sound okay to you? Just think about it a minute. I was surprised to discover this secret, too.