Saturday, March 26, 2011

C is for C&!@

Cunt, possibly one of the most offensive terms a person can use to refer to a woman. So offensive in fact, writers shy away from it, editors shake their heads and red pen it, and most publishers refuse to allow it in a finished manuscript.

So I went in search of why this one simple word trips so many triggers. The first place I went to was, but even they seem to avoid it.

The entry, CUNT: See pussy. So I did. Here’s the entry for Pussy: PUSSY: bush, bearded clam, bearded oyster, beaver, butterfly, chuf, clam, coochie, cooter, crotch, cunny, cunt, female genitalia, flaps, flower, fudd, fur, fur pie, fuzz, fuzz box, fuzzy wuzzy, gash, glory hole, grumble, grunt, hole, honey pot, hoochie, hoo-hoo, labia, lower lips, man in the boat, mud flaps, muff, muff pie, mound, peach, pink, piss flaps, poonany, poonanny, pubic hair, pudendum, puntang, quim, rose, slit, snatch, taco, twat, vagina, vulva/vulvar.

Poonanny? Really? So why the avoidance? I don’t see an entry like this under cunt. It’s not like this Thesaurus is shy or anything.

So off I went on Google Search to seeking the origins of this offensive word. I have to tell you, don’t try this at home. When you type a word like that into a search engine, all kinds of not so pleasant things pop onto your screen. Ho, baby. Whoa, is that really necessary? Hope I don’t pick something up.*rubs arms*

If you’re going to ignore my advice, it’s best to type “origins of the word cunt,” into the search engine and hold your breath. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Well, this looks realitively safe. Wikipedia says that its earliest reference dates back to 1230 and a London street called Gropecunt Lane. It also goes on to say it is “one of the few remaining words in the English language with the power to shock.” Okay, onward…

*Cocks head to the side and stares at screen.* Is that possible? Er, I think I better go back to Wikipedia.

I’ll leave you with this final parting advice in Middle English, from The Proverbs of Hendyng, a manuscript published some time before the printing press in 1325. It’s like momma telling you “He isn’t going to buy the cow if he can get the milk for free.”

"Ȝeue þi cunte to cunnig and craue affetir wedding."

(Give your cunt wisely and make (your) demands after the wedding.)

Have a nice weekend.



Annie Nicholas said...

Bearded oyster? *gags*

It is word that still shocks and insults me. Can't think why, except mayber I've only heard it used in those contexts. Mind you, pussy used to bother me when I first started writing. LOL

D L Jackson said...

Yeah, that's just it. Why is it more offensive than the F bomb or bitch?

Yeah, some of those alternate names were gag worthy. LOL