You can find me on most popular social websites under the user name "Mohatility" youtube | facebook | twitter | blogger | | Google page | Google Profile | | pinterest | hi5| myspace | tumblr | Webs etc...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.
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.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.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.
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. 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'.
The Old Dutch 'kunte' provides the plosive final consonant.
The clarifies the word's commonest contexts as the two-fold "female external genital organs" and "term of vulgar abuse" (RW Burchfield, 1972).
Genital, scatological, and sexual terms (such as, respectively, 'cunt', 'shit', and 'fuck') are our most powerful taboos, though this was not always the case.