The world's oldest recorded use of the F-word has been found in a Scottish library.

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The term ''f***'' was used by George Bannatyne during an outbreak of plague in 1568.

A merchant and student, he used the foul language in a book, which has been discovered in the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Dr. Joanna Kopaczyk, a senior lecturer of English at the University of Glasgow, said: ''This is the earliest surviving record of the word f***. It may not make the tourist trail, but in our national library we have the first written f*** in the world.

''I think that's something to be proud of.''

Bannatyne wrote a book of poems during the plague lockdown, with one focusing on a war of words between two writers, William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy.

The original ''f***'' is uttered by Kennedy, who calls Dunbar a ''wan f***it funling.''

A spokesman for the National Library of Scotland said: ''The manuscript ­contains swearwords that are ­common in everyday language.''