it is uncertain to what extent the word fuck was considered acceptable at the time.
The stem of fuccant is an English word used as Latin: English medieval Latin has many examples of writers using English words when they did not know the Latin word: "workmannus" is an example.
The word is considered obscene, but is common in many informal and familiar situations.
It is unclear whether the word has always been considered vulgar, or, if not, when it first came to be used to describe (often in an extremely angry, hostile or belligerent manner) unpleasant circumstances or people in an intentionally offensive way, such as in the term motherfucker, one of its more common usages in some parts of the English-speaking world.
In the Middle English of this poem, the term wife was still used generically for "woman".