Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A seasonal word from our sponsors




Bah Humbug!

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    1. Dillie speaks, and we must listen...

      Jx

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  2. Ha!!!

    You couldn't get away with this sort of thing in Canada or the U.S.

    Just another reason to love you Brits.

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    1. Ah, g'wan... There are plenty of cunts in Canada and the US, surely? Jx

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    2. There are PLENTY of cunts over here but it's one of those words you can't say without controversy.

      I had quite an argument with a fellow Canuck over using the "c" word on my blog. Since I wouldn't back down from my stance that I have every right to use the word in a playful way (not as an affront) she fecked off and never came back.

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    3. I found this fascinating article:

      “Cunt,” like many naughty words for body parts and bodily functions, probably has its origins in Old English. It certainly has cognates in other medieval Germanic languages, such as Old Norse kunta and Old Frisian, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch kunte (Oxford English Dictionary). There are no known instances of it in Old English, however. James McDonald, in The Wordsworth Dictionary of Obscenity and Taboo, suggests that it may be related to Old English cynd, which means “origin, generation, birth, kind, offspring” and can also mean “genitalia” (Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary).

      According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest use of “cunt” is in the street name “Gropecuntelane” (c. 1230). The earliest instance of “cunt” used to refer to the vagina comes from around 1325 (OED, MED). McDonald also cites several personal names that incorporate “cunt” (a number of these are earlier than “Gropecuntlane”). He lists the women’s names Gunoka Cuntles (1219) and Bele Wydecynthe (1328) and men’s names Godwin Clawecuncte (1066), Simon Sitbithecunte (1167), John Fillecunt (1246) and Robert Clevecunt (1302). Ladies, if you ever meet a man named Godwin Clawcunt or Robert Cleavecunt, run!

      According to McDonald, “cunt” was used to refer to the vagina without any suggestion of vulgarity until roughly the end of the fourteenth century. Chaucer, who died in 1400, was therefore writing The Canterbury Tales at a time when cunts were disappearing from polite society; consequently, he hinted at the word without actually using it.


      You're welcome. Jx

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    4. Thank you, Jon. This is most fascinating, indeed.

      Gropecuntelane sounds like a reference to Trump.

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    5. The famous Gropecunt Lane in the City of London is now a sort of access road behind a Tesco Metro supermarket... Jx

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