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05-30-2006, 11:54 AM

Like many vulgar words, cunt owes some of its potency to its phonetic characteristics. Its monosyllabic nature, combined with the hard k (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Voiceless+velar+plosive) sound at the beginning and the sharp t (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Voiceless+alveolar+plosive) at the end make it well-suited for use as an epithet (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Epithet) or interjection (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Interjection).
In non-amorous situations, "cunt" is primarily used as a term of personal abuse, generally considered the most offensive description of either a man or (especially) a woman. In American English (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=American+English), it implies that the named person - usually a woman - is extremely nasty and unpleasant in a way that far exceeds the vehemence of the word "bitch (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Bitch)". For instance in the film of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=One+Flew+Over+the+Cuckoo%27s+Nest+%28film%29 ), the central character McMurphy, when pressed to explain exactly why he doesn't like the tyrannical Nurse Ratched (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Mildred+Ratched), says: "She's something of a cunt, ain't she?"
In British English cunt, also considered a foul and insulting word by many, is more often used by a man about (or towards) another man, implying that the named person is extremely obnoxious and malicious. In Australian, and to a lesser extent British English, however, while still being considered highly offensive in most contexts, the word is also often used and received more gently, to the extent that in some situations it has a comedic quality and can even be used as a term of affection; this is less often the case in American English, however.
During foreplay and/or sex, men and women alike may be excited by using the word "cunt" to refer to female genitalia. This is probably due, in part, to its phonetic potency (see above) and its perceived "dirtiness."
The word is considered by some commentators to be more offensive in the United States than it is in some other English speaking countries, specifically Scotland, England and Australia, where cunt is occasionally used as a jovial term of endearment (e.g. "he's a lucky cunt"). This usage is, however, also not considered polite.
The homosexual male (and to a lesser extent, the lesbian female) community is one segment of American society that uses the word cunt in an endearing manner. To many gay men, cunt is a part of everyday language and not considered offensive.
Some commentators argue that the growing acceptance, as they see it, of the word fuck (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Fuck) in print and broadcast media, renders the word cunt as the last genuinely unprintable and unsayable expletive in the mainstream media. The taboo status of the word has been the cause of many deliberate challenges: in January 2005 (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=2005), the BBC (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=BBC) courted controversy after it broadcast Jerry Springer - The Opera (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Jerry+Springer+-+The+Opera) on British television. The performance included the phrase "cunting, cunting, cunting, cunting cunt" (a description of the Devil). This echoed appearances in well-known US movies and TV shows. The horror movie, The Exorcist (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=The+Exorcist), included the line: "Do you know what she did, your cunting daughter?", and the Tom Selleck (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Tom+Selleck) film An Innocent Man (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=An+Innocent+Man+%28film%29) saw a female character referred to as "your crusading cunt of a wife", while Ricky Roma (Al Pacino (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Al+Pacino)) refers to Williamson (Kevin Spacey (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Kevin+Spacey)) as "You stupid fucking cunt, you idiot!" in Glengarry Glen Ross (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Glengarry+Glen+Ross). The critically acclaimed HBO (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Home+Box+Office) TV shows The Sopranos (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=The+Sopranos) and Deadwood (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Deadwood) also make frequent use of the word; and two episodes of the sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Curb+Your+Enthusiasm) ("Beloved Aunt" and "The Shrimp Incident") are devoted to the comical repercussions of its inadvertent use. The climax of Kill Bill (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Kill+Bill), Volume 2 - after Bill's death has been rendered inevitable through the Bride's use of the Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Five-Point+Palm+Exploding+Heart+Technique), Bill makes some affectionate remarks to the Bride but concludes that she "can be a real cunt". Finally, the movie The Way of The Gun highlights, in its opening sequence, the following phrase, "Shut that cunt's mouth or I'll come over there and fuck-start her head."
A modern derivative adjective, "cuntish", meaning "frustrating" or "awkward" or sometimes (about the behaviour of a person) "selfish", appears in Hiberno-English (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Hiberno-English) and is increasingly used in Britain. Another one, gaining popularity amongst clubbers (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Nightclub) is "cunted", meaning "incoherent" or "exhausted". The word "cunty" is also used in the US comedy Entourage (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Entourage+%28TV+series%29).

Australasian working-class usage

Cunt is used extensively in Australia and New Zealand as a replacement noun, more commonly among males and the working classes, in a similar fashion to the US term motherfucker (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Motherfucker) among some African-Americans in extremely casual settings. For instance, "The cunt won't start" referring to a car that won't start, "pass me the cunt" meaning pass me the item I need, or "Those cunts down the road" referring to people in the vicinity. The term does not necessarily imply contempt nor is it necessarily intended to be offensive. Cunt is sometimes used as a term of endearment. For example the phrase "How about I buy you a beer you dumb cunt" could be easily taken without any offence and possibly a hint of affection.
To illustrate the usage of cunt in Australia is the phrase "My cock may be small, but it only has to please one cunt, and that cunt is me!". The joke here, aside from sexual inadequacy and selfishness, is that "cunt" refers to female genitalia but in popular Australian usage is more likely a replacement noun used to refer to people or objects. Australian males are more likely to use slut (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Slut), slapper (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Slapper), slag (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Slag+%28slang%29), bushpig (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?dsid=2222&dekey=Bushpig) or slurry as a misogynistic term for females than cunt.
Often when cunt is intended to offend it is used to mean an obnoxious person, rather than the more commonly used replacement noun, for instance "That cunt over there" is less offensive than "That person over there is a cunt".
Cunt is also used as an expletive to show frustration, annoyance or anger. "I've had a cunt of a day!" or "This is a cunt to finish".
Australians also have a habit of pairing the word with another to give a more specifc meaning or simply a greater affect. Common examples include: cunt-lapper (a despicable person), cunt-starver (someone convicted of not making alimony payments) cunt-scrape (a general insult, perhaps a reference to a pap smear) and cunt-rash (visible disorder of the female genitalia, again normally a general insult).

05-30-2006, 12:00 PM
oh no thats meanage

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05-30-2006, 12:09 PM
funny cunt

05-30-2006, 12:14 PM
no stamina cunt,bring me some beer,hop on a train or a bus n come over cunt, watch some M*A*S*H anddrink some coffee listening to louis armstrong YA NO STAMINA CUNT

maestro wooz
05-30-2006, 12:16 PM
all i can think of is the curb your enthusiasm where larry calls the hbo executive a cunt at the poker game and everyone thinks hes a masachonist and the guy seperates with his wife to reconsider his life and becomes gay because larry called him a cunt.

05-30-2006, 12:17 PM
hahahaha CYE, maddest shit when ya stoned, paid $10,000 to go to a jewish church service