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Thursday, Jul 03, 2003

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"'Cunt' refers literally to the female genital organs (the vagina and vulva), though it is also a highly offensive insult. Such is the word's vehemence that even in its literal sense it is very rarely used. Its Middle English variants 'cunte', 'count', and 'counte' are clearly close relatives of the modern spelling, though a definitive earlier provenance remains elusive. Etymologists have suggested that its origin is the Latin term 'cuneus', meaning 'wedge', from which 'cunnus' ('vulva') is derived. 'Wedge' and 'cunt', however, seem, initially, to be unlikely associates, as Jane Mills explains: "I know what a cunt looks like, and the word 'wedge' doesn't sort of spring to mind!" [Richardson, 1994]. She suggests the Greek Macedonian term 'guda' as an alternative source for 'cunt', and other possibilities are the Anglo-Saxon 'cynd' and, returning to Latin, 'cutis' ('skin')."

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