It was a tradition that guided the careers of performers through the Shakespearean age to the Victorian music hall.
Today, it defines stars from the pop charts to the Big Brother house.
Germaine Greer, the feminist writer and professor of English who once published a magazine article entitled "Lady, Love Your Cunt" (anthologised in 1986), discussed the origins, usage and power of the word in the BBC series Balderdash and Piffle, explaining how her views had developed over time.
In the 1970s she had "championed" use of the word for the female genitalia, thinking it "shouldn't be abusive"; she rejected the "proper" word vagina, a Latin name meaning "sword-sheath" originally applied by male anatomists to all muscle coverings – not just because it refers only to the internal canal but also because of the implication that the female body is "simply a receptacle for a weapon".
is a vulgar word for the vulva or vagina and is also used as a term of disparagement.
Reflecting different national usages, cunt is described as "an unpleasant or stupid person" in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, whereas Merriam-Webster states that it is a "usually disparaging and obscene" term for a woman 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.
Proverbs of Hendyng, a manuscript from some time before 1325, includes the advice: Despite criticisms, there is a movement among feminists that seeks to reclaim cunt not only as acceptable, but as an honorific, in much the same way that queer has been reappropriated by LGBT people and the word nigger has been by some African-Americans.
and Eve Ensler in "Reclaiming Cunt" from The Vagina Monologues.
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