Approximately once a month someone asks me about the origin of the F-word, the C-word, and gay. Well, the C-word has been investigated in great detail, and a few conjectures are not so bad. By way of introduction, I should note that, judging by the examples in the OED, the English C-word was not offensive or at least not always offensive in Middle English. No combination of sounds appeals to our prurient instincts because of their intrinsic qualities. To shock or make us blush, they need a certain attitude on our part.
Terms used in Military Slang
Pushed underground, banished from conventional language, cunt has long since been appropriated by patriarchs and misogynists and used as an utterance that disgusts or insults in the worst possible way. But cunt has not always been the most taboo word around. It was originally a term used to revere the wisdom of women, in particular the wisdom of her genitals. In pre-agrarian days, cunts were tacitly celebrated as purveyors of pleasure and knowledge. Vaginas, on the other hand, have often been the locale of war, violence and disdain since the inception of patriarchy—that cruel, women-hating inclination which saw female bodies become sites of restraint, control and oppression.
Abbreviation Can't Understand Normal Thinking. You are just a stupid cunt. Cunt has been taboo for at least years; today, most women consider it to be the single most offensive word in the English language. Horace used it, Cicero did not. The Oxford English Dictionary cites its first use in when the word appeared in the name of a London lane, Gropecuntelane , listed among the stews brothel area of Southwark.
Male catkins from a pussy willow Both in English and in German puss was used as a "call-name" for cats, but in English pussy was used as a synonym for the word cat in other uses as well. In addition to cats, the word was also used for rabbits and hares as well as a humorous name for tigers. In the 19th century, the meaning was extended to anything soft and furry. Pussy willow , for example, is a name applied to various species in the genus Salix with furry catkins.