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The word c*nt ?

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user1486131602 Wed 12-Jun-19 14:34:11

Can I ask why anyone would think it was ok to use this word?
Or to call another human being this.
I personally, think, and it’s only imho, but it the most debased word ever. As a child, where I live, you would only ever hear dockers and like using it! I hate it.
Now, it’s flung around like an adjective? Why?

spanishwife Wed 12-Jun-19 14:36:57

I don't think it's that bad. It's just a word. Languages change and evolve.

What makes a word 'debased' to you? There's no real malice in the word, only when it is used in context, directly against somebody, but any word or group of words could be offensive in specific context.

Happyspud Wed 12-Jun-19 14:38:29

It’s just socialisation that makes you think it’s so bad. I use it a lot and it’s actually a very funny word too.

Cunt cunt cunt.

ButterMyBiscuit Wed 12-Jun-19 14:39:19

Words are just words - and cunt is one of my most frequently used.

I'm a well educated professional, from a well to do area and a nice family, so it's not just a class thing.

P1nkHeartLovesCake Wed 12-Jun-19 14:39:51

It’s just a word, I don’t get why some people see it as so offensive.

I’m not someone that really swears but swear words don’t bother me

marvellousnightforamooncup Wed 12-Jun-19 14:39:58

It's only a fanny. Why such disgust?

user1486131602 Wed 12-Jun-19 14:40:08


I have had it used against me many times ! EA STBXH, maybe that is the reason, however, my dad has never used it nor I. I just don’t know how anyone could.
Maybe it is just a generational thing!
Gross though.

newmomof1 Wed 12-Jun-19 14:40:23

I think there are times when it's very appropriate.
I would never use it in a jokey way, only ever if someone really upset me and deserved it IMO.

I wouldn't be offended by anyone else using it either

Grumpbum123 Wed 12-Jun-19 14:40:51

Cunts are usually warm and friendly - why the disgust

Bluerussian Wed 12-Jun-19 14:42:44

I never hear it used. On here it is not uncommon. People say things on forums that they would not say in real life.

Moneybegreen Wed 12-Jun-19 14:46:13

Stay away from r/ScottishTwitter then!

RomanyQueen Wed 12-Jun-19 14:46:33

Can't say I'm bothered tbh, it sort of took over from twat.
Although a cunt is quite substantially worse than a twat.

hopski Wed 12-Jun-19 14:46:40

I use it everyday especially in my head. People can think what they want I don't really care. It's my favourite word at the moment.

jpclarke Wed 12-Jun-19 14:48:39

I agree with you op I think it is an awful word and a terrible insult to be called that name.

RomanyQueen Wed 12-Jun-19 14:48:47

Try and call somebody a cunt in the middle of a conversation or greeting, while keeping a straight face. grin
How lovely to see you you cunt have been away for long etc.....

RezCowgirl Wed 12-Jun-19 14:52:55

It's only a word shrugs

BlueThursday Wed 12-Jun-19 14:55:30

It’s just a word - not one I use much admittedly.

However, here in Scotland, it’s used by many interchangeably with “person”

Eg “I just saw some cunt dancing in the middle of sauchiehall street”

LadyMonicaBaddingham Wed 12-Jun-19 14:55:36

But why, WHY, is the supposed 'worst' word one can use an epithet for female genitalia, while all the (many, many) bywords for male parts are, largely, treated as humorous, even affectionate diminutives... I will continue to reclaim cunt quite happily. HTH.

BenWillbondsPants Wed 12-Jun-19 14:58:04

When I was young, it was considered the worst thing you could call someone.

I don't hear anyone say it, none of my friends do, but I see it written online all the time.

Merename Wed 12-Jun-19 14:58:35

Been tickling me for days - I watch it on repeat when I need a laugh! But sorry you’ve been called cunt OP, that is not nice and maybe why you hate it so much.

BenWillbondsPants Wed 12-Jun-19 15:00:40

@BlueThursday agreed but I think that's relatively recent. It certainly wasn't like that when I was growing up in Glasgow.

Lipz Wed 12-Jun-19 15:05:59

I have to admit, it's my favourite word smile one of my sister's loves it too, when we see each other we know we can use it and not get offended. We'd ofen say "You're such a Cunt" but we just laugh, now with one of my sil's, I used it one day, and she walked out of my house and told her other sister that I was 'common as muck' lol

Nancydrawn Wed 12-Jun-19 15:07:18

It's funny--in America it's really, really not used. It's pretty much the last forbidden word (that isn't a racial or homophobic slur)--shocking in the extreme to hear it. Families that swear like sailors still don't use it; it tends to be either the raging misogynists or the hippest of the hip that do.

It's a very hard adjustment for Americans when they go to Britain/watch particular British movies.

Confusedbeetle Wed 12-Jun-19 15:10:26

It is an extremely offensive word and has only fairly recently been taken up by women, and is still meant as an insult. Lady monica, it is exactly because as a reflection of our male dominated society, a penis is referred to in terms of levity and even affection ( except for the very telling "weapon" Historically swearing was the preserve of men, and therefore female genitalia have to be referred to in this way. For those who say its only a word, in fact it isnt. A word may have a perfectly ok meaning but because of the way it is used becomes an insult, note cretin, spastic, gay, nigger, lezza,, retarded, and so on. Thats why words become unacceptable, not the words, the users. Although cunt seems a bit casual on MN I have often seen it used as a very unpleasant put down to a poster. As a rule of thumb I think about how I would feel if a 5 year old used it in school. I would think that child was learning from someone a lack of respect and kindness. There are a whole raft of words that come into this category. If we cant manage without them our language is de based. For those that use it lightly, my question is really , when you call someone a cunt, what are you intending to say to them? In view of the general use, it cant be a term of affection. Body parts are often used in this way. At best immature, at worst offensive. Its the intention that counts

Moneybegreen Wed 12-Jun-19 15:11:56

Has nobody here been to Scotland?

Hello = "Alright cunt"
Who is she? = "Who's that cunt?"
Top bloke = "Safe cunt"

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