To improve your visit to our site, take a minute and upgrade your browser. As I got deeper into my studies of medieval literature at Oxford, I would stumble and restumble across this pleasant thud of a word. Although it is associated with misogyny, it is nothing like the n-word, nor any other rightly stigmatized racist epithet, because it was never a commonly used tool for oppression. It has only been an obscene word since the seventeenth century anyway. As a noun it meant vulva, in a neutral sort of way. While pitching this article in a meeting, I heard grown men giggling. Or rather, the reason is that words have meanings arbitrarily assigned to them, according to a vast social contract co-signed by all its speakers at any given moment in history. Perhaps dirty words associated with genitalia have accrued more taboo in the United States because it is a more religious culture. Discourage men from using it, sure.
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Reflecting different national usages , cunt is described as a "usually disparaging and obscene" term for a woman  or an "offensive way to refer to a woman" in the United States  by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but "an unpleasant or stupid person" in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary , and "a contemptible person"  in the Macquarie Dictionary of Australian English. In Australia and New Zealand, it can also be used as a neutral or, when used with a positive qualifier e. The earliest known use of the word, according to the Oxford English Dictionary , was as part of a placename of a London street, Gropecunt Lane , c. Use of the word as a term of abuse is relatively recent, dating from the late nineteenth century.
Cursing is a good way to be bad. For the linguistically bold, vulgarity is just one element of a rich vocabulary, a spice for speech. Go ahead, say it. Just once. A Hindu nature goddess bore the name Kunti as well. In addition, the word kunt was found in the writings of Ptah-Hotep, an Egyptian vizier who lived in the 25th century BC. It referred to women and appears to have been a term of respect.
The word cunt is an extremely vulgar slang word for female genitals or a woman in general. Outside the U. Cunt is one of the most offensive and hateful words in the English language. The exact origins of cunt are unknown, but it's recorded in the early s as the name of a street in Oxford, England called Gropecuntlane , apparently a reference to prostitution.