for unknown cardinal knowledge

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  • Perrin

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    New Zealand / English
    It should actually be 'carnal' knowledge, not 'cardinal' knowledge, and it's one of those fake acronyms someone invented as a joke origin of a word. I'll leave you to figure out the word (and to look up 'carnal' in a dictionary if you so desire!) :)
     

    Focalist

    Senior Member
    European Union, English
    And not "unknown" either, but "unlawful".

    Forget it anyway, because as Perrin has already said it's a silly modern folktale.

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    camee

    New Member
    Pakistan, Urdu
    Vanessa,

    "unlawful carnal knowledge" is an old religio-legal term for unlawful sexual activity. The expression you have given seems to be a pun on the original.
    camee
     

    Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    There is a story that the origin of a certain word is the acronym of
    For
    Unlawful
    Carnal
    Knowledge
    or illegal sexual activity. I don't remember the details - perhaps the accused had to wear a sign with that written on it for public shame. It may just be legend, anyway.
    Your phrase is a reference to this.
     

    panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    I would just like to point out that this thread began in October 2004, then got picked up again this morning.

    As Vanessa, who started the thread, has made only one post, on 4 October 2004, it seems unlikely that she will ever be back to learn from this erudite elucidation of the fanciful formulation of the four-letter.

    On grounds of respect for the dead, I propose to re-inter this thread.
     
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