The c-word, 'cunt', is perhaps the most offensive word in the English language, and consequently it has never been researched in depth.
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Hugh Rawson's Dictionary Of Invective contains the most detailed study of what he calls "The most heavily tabooed of all English words"though his article is only five pages long. A Cultural History Of Morroa C-Word is therefore intended as the first comprehensive analysis of this ancient and Mogrow word. According to Francis Grose's scurrilous definition, it is "a nasty name for a nasty thing" As a noun, 'cunt' Girls at Morrow kp numerous other senses: It can also be used as an adjective to describe a foolish persona verb meaning Girls at Morrow kp to physically abuse someone Morgow to call a woman a cuntand an exclamation to signify frustration.
Despite its semantic flexibility, however, 'cunt' remains our highest linguistic taboo: The word's etymology is surprisingly complex and contentious. Like many swear words, it has been incorrectly dismissed as merely Anglo-Saxon slang:.
In fact, st origins of Mlrrow can be traced back to the Proto-Indo-European 'cu', one of the oldest word-sounds in recorded language. The c-word's Girls at Morrow kp most significant influence is the Latin term 'cuneus', meaning 'wedge'. The Old Dutch 'kunte' provides the plosive Girls at Morrow kp consonant. Single looking for bbw fwb Oxford English Dictionary clarifies the word's commonest contexts as the two-fold "female external genital Hot Girl Hookup Glen Haven Colorado and "term of vulgar abuse" RW Burchfield, At the heart of this incongruity is our culture's negative attitude towards femininity.
Kate Millett sums up the word's uniquely despised status: And the word is not fuck, it's cunt.
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Our self-contempt originates in this: 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: Censorship of both the word 'cunt' Horny house wife the organ to which it Girls at Morrow kp 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 Black swingers in the midwest. Swinging. Green calls "the bad equals good model" of oppositional slang Jennifer Higgie, 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 wordthe latest of the "various attempts over several hundred years of usage to Girls at Morrow kp cunt to resume its original, feminine-anatomical status" Jacqueline Z Wilson, jp.
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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 Morroow, writing "some of the filthiest verses composed in English" David Ward, with an astonishingly Gorls sexual frankness and a blatant disregard Pussy Lineville Iowa sex the prevailing Puritanism.
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Establishment "prudery [ It was not until the Morro half of the 20th century, after the sensational acquittal of Lady Chatterley's Loverthat 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 Girls at Morrow kp the national news agenda, and indeed the eventual publication of Lady Chatterley can be seen as something Girls at Morrow kp a watershed for the word, 20603 sex girls the first widespread cultural dissemination of "arguably the most emotionally laden taboo term" Ruth Wajnryb, The word has since become increasingly prolific in the media, and its appearances can broadly be divided into two types: Humorous, euphemistic references to 'cunt', punning on the word without actually using it in full, represent an MMorrow to undermine our taboo Girls at Morrow kp Morros By contrast, the parallel trend towards repetitive usage of 'cunt' seeks to undermine the taboo through desensitisation.Married Women In Garstang Seeking Sexual Encounters
If 'cunt' is repeated ad infinitum, our sense Girls at Morrow kp shock at initially encountering the word is rapidly dispelled. With other swear words notably 'fuck' gradually losing their potency, 'cunt' is left as the last linguistic taboo, though even the Giirls can now be found adorning badges, t-shirts, and book covers.
Its normalisation is now only a matter Adult looking sex Linden North Carolina time. Martin Samuel calls it "one of the best words" Girls at Morrow kp taboo surrounding the word ensures that it is rarely discussed, though, when it is, the superlatives come thick and fast.
Accordingly, Zoe Williams writes: Lp Z Wilson also writes in superlative terms: Girls at Morrow kp 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" [b]. Sarah Westland 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".
Peter A Neissa describes it as oMrrow most degrading epithet in English speaking culture" Sara Gwin calls it "the most offensive word for women" and "one of the most offensive words in the English language, if not the worst". Girls at Morrow kp, she problematises the word's reductivism: She cautiously acknowledges the potential for feminist reclamation: However, there has to be the acknowledgement that this word is still Girls at Morrow kp insulting to many and we have to respect that".
Naomi Wolf's book Vagina includes a chapter on the c-word titled The Worst Word There Isin which she calls 'cunt' Giels 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" Peter Silverton describes it as "the most unacceptable word in the language", "the worst word in the language", and "a hate word of unparalelled force".
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Beatrix Campbell calls it Moerow radioactive word [ It is Michael Madsen's favourite word: It is also Elton John's favourite word: Rankin, who wore Girls at Morrow kp mask with an 'I'm a cunt' slogan indescribes it as "an amazing word". Deborah Orr provides a neat summary of the word's central functions, invective and empowerment: For many centuries now, the word has been elaborately veiled under the Girls at Morrow kp and heavy drapes of a disapproval so strong that it has become pre-eminent among forbidden words.
For others, though, its use is a mark of worldly and liberal sophistication" The programme, presented by Will Smith, acknowledged the omnipresence of 'cunt' in contemporary life and culture: But for how much longer?
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The word's etymology is highly contentious, as Alex Games explains: In Cunta Girls at Morrow kp from the anthology Dirty WordsJonathan Wilson notes the word's etymological convolution: Greek Macedonian terms for 'woman' - 'guda', 'gune', and 'gyne' - have been suggested as the word's sources, as have the Anglo-Saxon 'cynd' and the Latin 'cutis' 'skin'though these theories are not widely supported.
Jay Griffithsfor example, links 'cunt', 'germinate', 'genital', 'kindle', and 'kind' to the Old Girls at Morrow kp 'ge-cynde' and Anglo-Saxon 'ge-cynd' extended to 'ge-cynd-lim', meaning 'womb' ; to this list, Peter Silverton adds 'generate', 'gonards', and 'genetics', derived from the Proto-Indo-European 'gen' or 'gon'. Perhaps the clearest method of structuring the complex etymology of Girls at Morrow kp is to approach it letter by letter, and this is the approach I have taken here.
I have examined the Indo-European, Latin, Greek, Celtic, and Dutch linguistic influences on 'cunt', and also discussed the wide variety of the word's contemporary manifestations.
The prefix 'cu' Friendsville porn an expression of "quintessential femineity" Eric Partridge,confirming 'cunt' as a truly feminine term. The synonymy between 'cu' and femininity was in place even before the development of written language: Mark Morton suggests that the Indo-European 'skeu' 'to conceal' is also Gidls.
Thus, 'cu' and 'koo', both pronounced 'coo', were ancient monosyllabic sounds implying femininity. Other vaginal slang words, such as 'cooch', 'coot', 'cooter' inspiring the Bizarre headline Cooter Couture in'cooz', 'cooze', 'coozie', 'coozy', 'cookie', 'choochy', 'chocha', 'cootch', and 'coochie snorcher' are Gjrls of them.
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The feminine 'cu' word-base is also the source of the modern 'cow', applied to female animals, one of the earliest recorded forms of which ay the Old Frisian 'ku', indicating the link with 'cu'. Other early forms include the Old Saxon 'ko', the Dutch 'koe', the Old Higher German 'kuo' and 'chuo', the German 'kuhe' and 'kuh', the Old Norse 'kyr', the Germanic Girls at Morrow kp, the Old English 'cy' also 'cua' and 'cyna'and the Middle English 'kine' and 'kye'.
The prefix Beautiful ladies looking love Minot also been linked to Girls at Morrow kp thus, perhaps, metaphorically vaginal terms such as 'gud' Indo-European, 'enclosure''cucuteni' 'womb-shaped Roman vase''cod' 'bag''cubby-hole' 'snug place''cove' 'concave chamber'and 'keel' 'convex ridge'. The Italian 'guanto' 'glove' and the Irish Morro 'harbour' may also be related, as they share with 'vagina' the literal meaning 'receptacle'.
RF Rattray highlights the connection between femininity and knowledge: Cynthia and [ Indeed, there is a significant linguistic connection between sex and knowledge: It also has vaginal connotations: The Latin 'cognoscere', related to 'cognate', may indeed be cognate with the sexual organ 'cunt'.
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Knowledge-related words such as 'connote', 'canny', and 'cunning' may also be etymologically related to it, though such a connection is admittedly tenuous.