The word Cunt used to be in common usage to describe female genitalia long before it became a word of derision or scorn for another male, which seems to have come around the 18th century, making it a taboo word today. Not for me is it a taboo word, folks, and I will not have my mouth buttoned by any Methody Preacher. If you don't like what you read here, then either stop reading, or hit the Report Abuse button, and have me silenced for good - under my present name.
There is - not too far from here in Wiltshire - a river called the Kennet. Why is it called the Kennet? Because it's source springs from between two hills and flows outwards from them. The meaning? You guessed it - Cunt. I used to have a girlfriend who's cousin was Lord Kennet, and she was due to visit him one day, so I asked her to inform him - if he did not already know - that his Anglo Saxon title was 'Lord Cunt'. She did.
Most of you will have travelled east out of London until you reach the county of Kent. It is called Kent because of the structure of the estuary which forms two banks (upon which live Kentish men on one side, and Men of Kent on the other), and between them, the river Thames flows to the sea. The meaning of the word 'Kent'? Yes, Cunt.
Ever wondered what the insulting word 'Twat' really means? A 'twat' is a hole in the hedge through which you might be able to squeeze yourself, between fields...
There are many more derogatory words that invoke male genitalia, and I reserve the right to use all of them against myself and other males for whom I have little respect, but the absolute star of the abusive words to describe an absolute Cad is that little Anglo Saxon one.
The reason why it is so effective? (for 'effective, read 'offensive') - precisely because it is so Taboo amongst the literary classes. That is the whole point. If it were not so taboo, then it just would not have the same impact - that's what puritans do to language. They give you a rod with which to lay smartly over their already chastised backs.
Fuck me - is that the time? I'd best be off - I have work to do tomorrow.