These days the word “fuck” appears in pretty much any song that you listen to on the radio. But back in the day people still tried to hide them from the public.
In 1885, Sumner Tainter and H.G. Rogers were recording “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in a photographic glass plate recording when they got interrupted mid-recording.
And probably like any normal person who gets disturbed while they’re doing something important Tainter or Rogers let the word “fuck” fly while the recorder was still on. This then becomes the very first audio recording of the f-word.
And while First Sounds reports that the officially endorsed transcription of the recording had the curse word down as “oh no,” people knew better.
According to First Sounds, this is what was actually said:
This record has been inscribed by Mister Sumner Tainter and H. G. Rogers. It’s the eleventh day of March, eighteen hundred and eighty five. [Trilled R] How is this for high! Mary had a little lamb, and its fleece was […] as […], and everywhere that Mary went — oh, fuck.
Yeah, no and fuck, two totally different sounding words. Sorry for that! But at least you know!