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    Cunt: A Cultural History of the C-Word

    The c-word, 'cunt', is perhaps the most offensive word in the English language, and consequently it has never been researched in depth. Hugh Rawson's Dictionary Of Invective contains the most detailed study of what he calls "The most heavily tabooed of all English words" (1989), though his article is only five pages long. Cunt: A Cultural History Of The C-Word is therefore intended as the first comprehensive analysis of this ancient and powerful word.
    'Cunt' has been succinctly defined as "the bottom half of a woman or a very despicable person" (Pentti Olli, 1999). According to Francis Grose's scurrilous definition, it is "a nasty name for a nasty thing" (1796). 'Cunt' is a synonym for 'vagina', though this is only its most familiar meaning. As a noun, 'cunt' has numerous other senses: a woman (viewed as a sexual object), sexual intercourse, a (foolish) person, an infuriating device, an ironically affectionate term of address, the mouth as a sexual organ, the anus as a sexual organ, the buttocks, prostitution, a vein used for drug-injection, a synonym for 'damn', an attractive woman, an object or place, the essence of someone, and a difficult task. It can also be used as an adjective (to describe a foolish person), a verb (meaning both to physically abuse someone and to call a woman a cunt), and an exclamation (to signify frustration). Despite its semantic flexibility, however, 'cunt' remains our highest linguistic taboo: "It has yet, if ever, to return to grace" (Jonathon Green, 2010).
    'Cunt' is a short, monosyllabic word, though its brevity is deceptive. The word's etymology is surprisingly complex and contentious. Like many swear words, it has been incorrectly dismissed as merely Anglo-Saxon slang:
    "friend, heed this warning, beware the affront
    Of aping a Saxon: don't call it a cunt!" (----).
    In fact, the origins of 'cunt' can be traced back to the Proto-Indo-European 'cu', one of the oldest word-sounds in recorded language. 'Cu' is an expression quintessentially associated with femininity, and forms the basis of 'cow', 'queen', and 'cunt'. The c-word's second most significant influence is the Latin term 'cuneus', meaning 'wedge'. The Old Dutch 'kunte' provides the plosive final consonant.
    The Oxford English Dictionary clarifies the word's commonest contexts as the two-fold "female external genital organs" and "term of vulgar abuse" (RW Burchfield, 1972). At the heart of this incongruity is our culture's negative attitude towards femininity. 'Cunt' is a primary example of the multitude of tabooed words and phrases relating to female sexuality, and of the misogyny inherent in sexual discourse. Kate Millett sums up the word's uniquely despised status: "Somehow every indignity the female suffers ultimately comes to be symbolized in a sexuality that is held to be her responsibility, her shame [...] It can be summarized in one four-letter word. And the word is not , it's cunt. Our self-contempt originates in this: in knowing we are cunt" (1973). When used in a reductive, abusive context, female genital terms such as 'cunt' are notably more offensive than male equivalents such as 'dick'. This linguistic inequality is mirrored by a cultural imbalance that sees images of the vagina obliterated from contemporary visual culture: "The vagina, according to many feminist writers, is so taboo as to be virtually invisible in Western culture" (Lynn Holden, 2000). Censorship of both the word 'cunt' and the organ to which it refers is symptomatic of a general fear of - and disgust for - the vagina itself. The most literal manifestation of this fear is the myth of the 'vagina dentata', symbolising the male fear that the vagina is a tool of castration (the femme castratrice, a more specific manifestation of the Film Noir femme fatale). There have been attempts, however, to reappropriate 'cunt', investing it with a positive meaning and removing it from the lexicon of offence, similar in effect to the transvaluation of 'bad', 'sick', and 'wicked', whose colloquial meanings have also been changed from negative to positive - what Jonathon Green calls "the bad equals good model" of oppositional slang (Jennifer Higgie, 1998). The same process took place in Mexico when the offensive term 'guey'/'buey' was "co-opted by the cool, young set as a term of endearment" (Marc Lacey, 2009).
    The Cunt-Art movement used traditional 'feminine' arenas such as sewing and cheerleading as artistic contexts in which to relocate the word. A parallel 'cunt-power' ideology, seeking to reclaim the word more forcefully, was instigated by Germaine Greer - and later revived by Zoe Williams, who encouraged "Cunt Warriors" to reclaim the word (2006), the latest of the "various attempts over several hundred years of usage to "resignify" cunt to resume its original, feminine-anatomical status" (Jacqueline Z Wilson, 2008[b]).
    What 'cunt' has in common with most other contemporary swear words is its connection to bodily functions. Genital, scatological, and sexual terms (such as, respectively, 'cunt', 'shit', and '') are our most powerful taboos, though this was not always the case. Social taboos originally related to religion and ritual, and Philip Thody contrasts our contemporary bodily taboos with the ritual taboos of tribal cultures: "In our society, that of the industrialised West, the word 'taboo' has lost almost all its magical and religious associations" (1997). In Totem Und Tabu, Sigmund Freud's classic two-fold definition of 'taboo' encompasses both the sacred and the profane, both religion and defilement: "The meaning of 'taboo', as we see it, diverges in two contrary directions. To us it means, on the one hand, 'sacred', 'consecrated', and on the other 'uncanny', 'dangerous', 'forbidden', 'unclean'" (1912). Taboos relating to language are most readily associated with the transgressive lexicon of swearing. William Shakespeare, writing at the cusp of the Reformation, demonstrated the reduced potency of blasphemy and, with his thinly veiled 'cunt' puns, slyly circumvented the newfound intolerance towards sexual language. Later, John Wilmot would remove the veil altogether, writing "some of the filthiest verses composed in English" (David Ward, 2003) with an astonishingly uninhibited sexual frankness and a blatant disregard for the prevailing Puritanism. Establishment "prudery [...] in the sphere of sex", as documented by Peter Fryer (1963), continued until after the Victorian period, when sexually explicit language was prosecuted as obscene.
    It was not until the latter half of the 20th century, after the sensational acquittal of Lady Chatterley's Lover, that the tide finally turned, and sexual taboos - including that of 'cunt' - were challenged by the 'permissive society'. During the Lady Chatterley obscenity trial, the word 'cunt' became part of the national news agenda, and indeed the eventual publication of Lady Chatterley can be seen as something of a watershed for the word, marking the first widespread cultural dissemination of "arguably the most emotionally laden taboo term" (Ruth Wajnryb, 2004). The word has since become increasingly prolific in the media, and its appearances can broadly be divided into two types: euphemism and repetition. Humorous, euphemistic references to 'cunt', punning on the word without actually using it in full, represent an attempt to undermine our taboo against it: by laughing at our inability to utter the word, we recognise the arcane nature of the taboo and begin to challenge it. By contrast, the parallel trend towards repetitive usage of 'cunt' seeks to undermine the taboo through desensitisation. If 'cunt' is repeated ad infinitum, our sense of shock at initially encountering the word is rapidly dispelled. With other swear words (notably '') gradually losing their potency, 'cunt' is left as the last linguistic taboo, though even the c-word can now be found adorning badges, t-shirts, and book covers. Its normalisation is now only a matter of time. 'Cunt' is probably the most offensive and censored swear word in the English language: "Of all the four-letter words, CUNT is easily the most offensive" (Ruth Wajnryb, 2004). Martin Samuel calls it "one of the best words" (2007). Our taboo surrounding the word ensures that it is rarely discussed, though, when it is, the superlatives come thick and fast. Accordingly, Zoe Williams writes: "It's the rudest word we've got, in the entire language" (2006), and Nick Ferrari is outraged by it: "[it's] the worst word in the world [...] I think it's an utterly grotesque word [...] it's just a gutteral, ghastly, nasty word" (Pete Woods, 2007). Jacqueline Z Wilson also writes in superlative terms: "'Cunt' is the most confronting word [...] probably in every major variety of English spoken anywhere [and is] the most offensive word in the English language" (2008[a]). In her study of Australian prison graffiti, Wilson writes that 'cunt' is "the most confronting word in mainstream Australian English, and perhaps in every major variety of English spoken anywhere" (2008[b]). Sarah Westland (2008) calls it "the worst insult in the English language", "the nastiest, dirtiest word", "the greatest slur", and "the most horrible word that someone can think of". According to a front-page article in The Mail On Sunday, 'cunt' is "the most offensive word in English" (Chris Hastings, 2011). Peter A Neissa describes it as "the most degrading epithet in English speaking culture" (2008).
    Sara Gwin (2008) calls it "the most offensive word for women" and "one of the most offensive words in the English language, if not the worst". Specifically, she problematises the word's reductivism: "It objectifies women by reducing them down to their body part that has been defined by male usage [...] there is a whole history of misogyny packed in to that one-syllable word". She cautiously acknowledges the potential for feminist reclamation: "Women have every right to reclaim the word for themselves or for a particular group. However, there has to be the acknowledgement that this word is still incredibly insulting to many and we have to respect that". 'Cunt' is "one of the most foul and insulting [words] in the English language" (Megan Goudey and Ashley Newton, 2004) and "a word so hateful it can scarcely be uttered" (Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, 2000). Naomi Wolf's book Vagina (2012) includes a chapter on the c-word titled The Worst Word There Is, in which she calls 'cunt' "the word considered to be the most derogatory, the most violent, the most abusive". M Hunt [no relation] calls it "the most taboo word in the English language" (2006). Peter Silverton (2009) describes it as "the most unacceptable word in the language", "the worst word in the language", and "a hate word of unparalelled force". Zoe Heller calls it "the worst of bad words" (2012). Libby Brooks views it as "the most shocking word in the English language [...] the grossest insult you can use" (2008). Andrew Goldman calls 'cunt' "the mother of all nasty words" and "the most controversial word of all" (1999). Victoria Coren calls it "the word which is still considered the most offensive in the language" (Deborah Lee, 2006). Alex Games sees it as "still the ultimate taboo utterance" (2006). Geoffrey Hughes calls it "the most seriously taboo word in English" (2006). For Tom Aldridge, it is "unarguably the most obscene [and] most forbidden word in English", "the ultimate obscenity", and "the nastiest four-letter word" (2001). In her article The C Word: How One Four-Letter Word Holds So Much Power (2011), Christina Caldwell calls 'cunt' the "nastiest of nasty words". Jack Holland notes that "the word 'cunt' expresse[s] the worst form of contempt one person could feel for another" (2006). John Doran describes it as "The most offensive word in the world", "the worst word that anyone has ever been able to think of", and "[the] most terrible of terrible words" (2002). It is, according to Sue Clark, "far and away the most offensive word for the British public. [...] If it is used aggressively towards women it is absolutely the last word in swearing" (Anthony Barnes, 2006). Beatrix Campbell calls it "a radioactive word [...] impregnated with hostility". It is Michael Madsen's favourite word: "I just lke it because it's really mean and at the same time it's really lyrical and colourful and imaginative" (Chris Hewitt, 2008). It is also Elton John's favourite word: "It is the best word in the English language" (Peter Silverton, 2009). Rankin, who wore a mask with an 'I'm a cunt' slogan in 2006, describes it as "an amazing word".
    Deborah Orr provides a neat summary of the word's central functions, invective and empowerment: "Attitudes to this powerful expression, especially among women, are changing. For many centuries now, the word has been elaborately veiled under the weird and heavy drapes of a disapproval so strong that it has become pre-eminent among forbidden words. "Cunt" remains, for the vast majority of people, pretty much the worst, the ugliest, the most barbaric, crude and filthy English word there is. For others, though, its use is a mark of worldly and liberal sophistication" (2006). In her article Why The C Word Is Losing Its Bite (2009), Kathleen Deveny calls 'cunt' "the rudest, crudest, most taboo term in the English language, the superstar of four-letter words".
    Further attitudes towards 'cunt' were included in the BBC3 television documentary The C-Word: How We Came To Swear By It (Pete Woods, 2007). The programme, presented by Will Smith, acknowledged the omnipresence of 'cunt' in contemporary life and culture: "every language needs its single, ultimate taboo swear word, and ['cunt'] has become ours. But for how much longer? You see, the more you hear it, the more you become immune to its power".

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    Cunt may be the most offensive of swear words but fcuk is the only one picked up and censored by the scam algorithm. How strange that (arguably) the second most offensive word is jumped on while cunt makes it through the blockade. I would petition for the removal of the ban of the eff word.

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    Easy with the use of that word spelled correctlt please and thank you

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    Easy with the use of that word spelled correctly please and thank you

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    s hit shit c unt cunt f uck d ick dick g od damn god damn a sshole asshole s lut slut w hore whore motherf ucker motheer h ell hell p ussy pussy t its tits p rick prick

    Finding out what words are censored.

    G eorge D ranichak George Dranichak R ealscam.com Realscam.com w ater water ( yes water used to be censored )
    Last edited by PeggieSue; 06-04-2018 at 11:55 AM. Reason: left out a d

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    Possibly f uck is the only censored word, years ago there was a long list of censored words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeggieSue View Post
    s hit shit c unt cunt f uck d ick dick g od damn god damn a sshole asshole s lut slut w hore whore motherf ucker motheer h ell hell p ussy pussy t its tits p rick prick

    Finding out what words are censored.

    G eorge D ranichak George Dranichak R ealscam.com Realscam.com w ater water ( yes water used to be censored )
    Sweet Jesus on a Harley Davidson Nightrod special (my new bike). PS, You sure DO know a lot of cuss words. That sounds like you just spent a night out with me haha. Filthy Irish fcuker. You forgot to say pussylickinsonofawhore. Thats called a combo. Its amazing how many times Lexx and Joe have used the word "pussy" in relation to your glorious president and that word means the same as cunt but they didn't get a teeny weeny request to "go easy on its use". Pizda is the Russian for pussy. Step in there anytime you like Mr Nance haha.

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    It is the way it is! Sewer rats and filthy Irishmen love to wallow in dirty, smelly, sewers. Chesty is allergic to good moral conduct, civil language and civilized manners. He has become a world expert on filthy language. If you have a filthy word problem, contact Chesty, he'll love to bounce it off his sewer wall, ha. ha.
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    Well Peggy Sue, looks like you have been nominated for sewer rat number 3. Thats you me and Lexx. That has the makings of a 3some. Hey Nancy, you wanna sit and watch haha?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chesty View Post
    Well Peggy Sue, looks like you have been nominated for sewer rat number 3. Thats you me and Lexx. That has the makings of a 3some. Hey Nancy, you wanna sit and watch haha?
    Go to hell you filthy Bastard!

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    The 'Seven Words', you can't say on television.

    Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. -C. Darwin

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomaxim View Post
    The 'Seven Words', you can't say on television.

    But graphic violence is fine, just don't swear when they disembowel someone. Now, thats f ucked up.

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    It is Chesty's world: filth, insults, and personal attacks. Oh, most of all, sexually thrills with profanity, obscenity, and criminal misconduct. Is Chesty a rapist?

    Oh, yes, Satan must love profanity, especially Godly insults! The problem with insulting God is He may disapprove!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chesty View Post
    Sweet Jesus on a Harley Davidson Nightrod special (my new bike). PS, You sure DO know a lot of cuss words. That sounds like you just spent a night out with me haha. Filthy Irish fcuker. You forgot to say pussylickinsonofawhore. Thats called a combo. Its amazing how many times Lexx and Joe have used the word "pussy" in relation to your glorious president and that word means the same as cunt but they didn't get a teeny weeny request to "go easy on its use". Pizda is the Russian for pussy. Step in there anytime you like Mr Nance haha.
    I am stepping in. GO TO HELL YOU FILTHY BASTARD.

    Oh, you can stop my strong replies with an apology for the numerous personal attacks and insults. Knowing you will never to it, GO TO HELL YOU SOB!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cnance View Post
    It is Chesty's world: filth, insults, and personal attacks. Oh, most of all, sexually thrills with profanity, obscenity, and criminal misconduct. Is Chesty a rapist?

    Oh, yes, Satan must love profanity, especially Godly insults! The problem with insulting God is He may disapprove!
    Oh suck my big wet dripping dick Nancy bitch haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by chesty View Post
    Oh suck my big wet dripping dick Nancy bitch haha
    Chesty is Satan's best, he is an evil foul mouth Irish gangster!

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