Lady, shall I lie in your lap? Ophelia:
No, my lord. Hamlet:
I mean, my head upon your lap? Ophelia:
Ay, my lord. Hamlet:
Do you think I meant country matters
Let's not beat around the bush
. This is an article about the word "cunt."
Specifically, how (at least in North American works) it's the one word nobody ever
uses unless they want to break someone down and in the process make themselves look like a total and complete Jerk Ass
. Even shows comfortable with using other swear words
hesitate to use it, and Internet filters sometimes block other words that happen to inadvertently contain it
. Also known as "the C word
". In North America, it is among the worst insults in the (American) English language. It's virtually always used to express bitter, mocking contempt, and is more likely to be directed at women than at men. Considering that the word's literal meaning is simply "female genitalia," the extremely negative connotations attached to "cunt" have Unfortunate Implications
. Fortunately, another word, "pussy," exists as a slang word for that part of female anatomy which also has the benefit of sounding relatively cute and innocent, and is a frequently used word in most rap songs.
In other English-speaking countries, it's nowhere near as mind-blowingly offensive (but still a strong expletive) and it's generally unisex or (as in Britain) mainly directed at men, being something like a stronger version of "asshole". In some situations (i.e., among young Glaswegians
) it might even be a term of affection
. See Trainspotting
where it's not a word, it's a punctuation mark
; it's also likely to be practically a catchphrase for any London Gangster
. Other languages can have similar uses for the word. In the Dutch language, in particular, it's considered mostly harmless: you're having a cunt day when there's cunt weather outside and the cunt dog ate your cunt homework, which is, as the Dutch say with heartfelt compassion, "cunt for you". note
Strangely, in French speaking countries the word "con" means simply "dumbass" or "jerk" and is a mild insult only (it helps that almost nobody uses it in a sexual meaning).
As noted above, in Australia, the word is not necessarily an insult. It tends to be used among the drunk, inarticulate, or lower social stratas within an inoffensive form of Buffy Speak
, in the same manner as "fuck." In this context, "cunt," is either a generic term for a single individual, or a generic, vaguely anthropomorphic plural term used to group together different life forms; instead of "lions and tigers and bears," for example, a person might simply say, "cunts."
When the two meanings combine, you can end up with some major Values Dissonance
- for instance, the Englishman who can't understand why his Canadian friend just broke his nose; after all, he was only having a larf, right?
Also see T-Word Euphemism
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- Back when they could actually run cigarette commercials on television and radio, the Salem brand had a jingle, "You can take Salem out of the country, but... You can't take the country out of Salem." The singer (female) always pronounced country as "cunt-tree", and when they ran the jingle more than once, it always ended on "but..."
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- Black Lagoon's dub has the word used only once during the Roberta arc, as Revy is preparing for her one-on-one battle with Roberta.
Revy: Listen closely Rock. I'm about to light up like a goddamn firecracker, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. When that happens, it's pretty much over. I'm not even gonna warn you before I give you a second asshole. When she decided to use that shell on me, she made a big fucking mistake. I'm gonna make that bitch wish she was still home cleaning shitty toilets. It's time to go teach this fucking cunt the meaning of pain.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, there's a scene where a man on a nearly empty train is trash talking his girlfriend, and in some translations, the word "cunt" is used. This is the straw that breaks Sayaka's back and drives her to become a Witch.
- In Seitokai Yakuindomo, Shino tries to teach Tsuda the meaning of the English phrase "dry eyes" by writing "ma_ko aren't getting wet" on the chalkboard. It's supposed to be filled in "manako" (eyes), but it looks a lot like the censored form of "manko" (see Real Life below).
- In one Fullmetal Alchemist scanlation, Olivier Armstrong gets called a "cunt" by a Central Command general.
- In the episode eleven of the uncensored version of Deadman Wonderland Rokuro, who just had his ass kicked and found out that Karako was going to infitrate the Undertakers hideout, calls her a cunt that sucks at math.
- The Boys in the Band: See Stage folder.
- In The Hangover 2, during the bachelor "brunch", Phil calls Stu's ex-girlfriend Melissa "a cunt." This resulting in Phil getting dirty looks for the other customers. The transsexual woman Stu has drunken sex with calmly states while revealing her true nature: "This is Bangkok, not Bangcunt"
- In P2, the antagonist, demonstrating just how insane he is, decides that the best time to use this insult is when the woman he's been terrorizing all night is walking away with his taser after cuffing him to a wrecked car that's leaking gasoline. Predictably, this is the final straw that provokes her into using the taser to ignite the gasoline.
- In an HBO original movie about the Mike Tyson rape case, Mike uses this word during a fight with his girlfriend, who then proceeds to denounce him on national TV in the very next scene. Don King notes while watching the TV footage that "You must have called her the C-word."
- In the British film Nil By Mouth Ray Winstone's character can not go more than three or four sentences without referring to someone else as a cunt.
- Kill Bill Volume Two:
- Bill uses it at the end, when, mortally wounded at her hands, he confesses to the Bride: "No, you're a great person. You're my favorite person. But every now and then, you can be a real cunt."
- In the TV broadcast, humorously, the last word is altered to "sore-head."
- It's also used in Volume One by Buck, the scumbag rapist orderly, in telling his latest "customer" about the Bride's spitting tendencies, unaware that she's just come out of her coma, just a few minutes before both of them get what's coming to them in a big way.
- Also in Volume One, the Bride mentions that she can still "see the faces of the cunts that did this to [her], and the dicks responsible"
- In District 9, a movie which drops Cluster F Bombs all over the place due to most of its dialogue being improvised, has the word "cunt" used twice, both by The Dragon Koobus, and both of which are used to refer to prawns he is persecuting.
- In Memento, Natalie finally gets Leonard to snap and punch her when she refers to his dead wife with the word.
- Snakes On a Train: "Your mother's cunt smells like carpet cleaner."
- Mrs. Lintott uses the word to describe the headmaster in The History Boys. It's notable in a show that flings other curse words around a lot, this is the only time the word is used.
- Gay Perry in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: "He called her a... Well, a bad name. (beat) 'Cunt'."
- In Bruges gives us this gem:
Ken: Harry, you're a cunt. You've always been a cunt, and you'll always be a cunt. And the only way you're gonna change is you're gonna become more of a cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.
Ken: I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.
- Silence of the Lambs: Clarice Starling's first visit to Hannibal Lecter is made even more unpleasant when one of the other patients snarls "I can smell your cunt!" at her. She then repeats those exact words to Hannibal when prompted.
- KickAss: Said by Hit Girl to a room full of criminals ("OK, you cunts, let's see what you can do now!"). Given she was a 12-year old, Moral Guardians everywhere rioted.
- The actress once stated that she asked her mother for permission to say the word.
- Being John Malkovich uses it twice in close succession.
"Sorry about the cunt at reception."
- Used to refer to Jim in 28 Days Later.
- In In the Loop, Malcolm Tucker calls the utterly amoral but profanity-averse Senator Linton Barwick "..an F-star-star-cunt."
- In a female-insulting-a-male example, Amber Sweet of Repo! The Genetic Opera calls her brother Luigi this during the song "Mark It Up." (The same song also features a slight cluster F-bomb in the opening.) "I don't take lip from a cunt!"
- This gets Kristen Wiig's character fired from her job in Bridesmaids.
- Al Pacino hurls it not once, but twice, towards Kevin Spacey in a tirade from Glengarry Glen Ross.
- Ed from Shaun of the Dead uses the affectionate version, but it's very jarringnote and used to illustrate what an obnoxious oaf he is.
Ed: Can I get any of you cunts a drink?
- There's a semi-affectionate female-to-male usage early in the Australian horror film Primal. Then Mel, the female in question, teases Anja for her note aversion to the word, trying to get her to say it. And indeed, "Cunt" ends up being the film's last line of dialogue, said as a Post-Mortem One-Liner by Anja after killing Mel, who had caught The Virus, become a monster, and murdered or infected everyone else.
- Used in a startling way in American Beauty:
Playground girl: You were only in Seventeen once, and you looked fat! So stop acting like you're goddamn Christy Turlington!
Angela: Cunt! I am so sick of people taking their insecurities out on me.
- Mel Gibson is officially the first person to ever drop a C bomb in a PG-rated movie (unsurprising, as it was the 1990 film adaptation of Hamlet). The line in question was the Trope Namer ("Do you think I meant Country Matters?").
- Ryan Reynolds in Blade Trinity: "You cock-juggling thundercunt!"
- 24 Hour Party People introduces Joy Division with a scene where Ian Curtis repeatedly calls Tony Wilson a cunt.
- Inverted in Hot Fuzz, when a Swear Jar is shown. Each swear is given various rates, while some letters are replaced by Symbol Swearing. Except the word with the highest rate, Cunt. In the extra features, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are on a promotional tour for Hot Fuzz. They're about to do a TV interview.
Edgar: What words can we say on American TV?
- Monty Pythons Life Of Brian: "Well, that's all right, then, Einstein. Sit down. Have a scone. Make yourself at home. You CUNT! You stupid, bird-brained, flat-headed—"
- The Departed
Oliver Queenan: Do you know what we do here? My section?
Billy Costigan: Sir, yes, sir. I have an idea...
Dignam: [interrupting] Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let's say you have no idea and leave it at that, okay? No idea. Zip. None. If you had an idea of what we do, we would not be good at what we do, now would we? We would be cunts. Are you calling us cunts?
Oliver Queenan: Staff Sergeant Dignam has a style of his own. I'm afraid we all have to get used to it.
- Amadeus has the word "cunt" yelled audibly when Schikaneder confronts Mozart after discovering he's been writing a requiem instead of the vaudeville he had assigned him. Even in the PG-rated theatrical version.
- John, the protagonist of Ted dislikes the word so much that it hurts his ears.
- From Return of The Streetfighter, after Terry silences Gentoku Ryo as part of a two-person hit:
Pin Boke: This cunt's had it, eh?
- In The Avengers, Loki uses a more archaic term, but with a similar weight. The phrase "mewling quim" has since become a Memetic Mutation, which can cause problems for those who repeat it without understanding its full meaning.
- In the Pusher film series there's a particularly odious pimp and drug dealer named "Kurt the Cunt." This was the actor's real nickname. The director met him at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting while doing research for the film and decided to Cast the Expert.
- One of Withnail and I's most quotable lines:
"Monty, you terrible CUNT!"
- Snatch has one to show the resident London Gangster, Brick Top, is Sophisticated as Hell: "Do you know what Nemesis means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by a 'orrible cunt. Me."
- In the movie Flypaper, an English robber at one point uses the word cunt and is told by one of the Americans that we don't use that word over hear.
- Subverted in The Snapper. Dessie is telling a joke down the pub in this vein:
Dessie: What's hard and hairy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside, starts with a "c", ends in a "t" and has a "u" and an "n" in the middle. A cu-cu-cu-coconut!
- In Scary Movie 5, Jody sees the words "whore", "bitch" and "slut" written on the bathroom mirrors (in a parody of Black Swan), and catches Heather in the act as she's still writing "cun-".
Q: What do you call a female clone?
A: A clunt.
- Pops up in The Canterbury Tales, where it's spelled "queynte". An old Anglo-Saxon word.
- Andrew Marvell takes advantage of this archaic spelling to pun on "quaint" in "To His Coy Mistress" ("...then worms shall try/That long-preserved virginity,/And your quaint honor turn to dust...").
- Pretty much a Berserk Button for Stephanie Plum.
- In the Smith and Jones book based on the 1980s British comedy series, there's a mock front page of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, in the style of a modern British tabloid, which includes a correction notice apologizing for the misspelling of King Cnut's name and assuring readers that the editor responsible has been fired. "Stupid cnut."
- In Ian McEwan's novel Atonement (and the film adaptation), Robbie uses the word twice in a short, obscene love letter which is accidentally delivered to Cecilia, the object of his affection. One thing leads to another, and in the end it doesn't turn out well for either of them... One of the tracks on the film's soundtrack makes a subtle reference to it—the track's name: "Cee, You And Tea"
- Its inclusion in Lady Chatterley's Lover was a major issue in the Penguin Books obscenity trial of 1963. A much more recent BBC play about the trial included an uncensored reading of the passages in question. Post-watershed, naturally.
- The Good-Morrow, by 17th century metaphysical poet John Donne:
I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? were we not weaned till then,
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the seven sleepers' den?
- In Robert Anton Wilson's Masks of the Illuminati, a repressed man is repeatedly mocked by otherworldly spirits - one of their favourite jibes:
See you when tea is hot!
- From George R. R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons: "Cunt again? It was odd how men like Suggs used that word to demean women when it was the only part of a woman they valued."
- In his essay "You Can't Kill The Rooster", David Sedaris contrasts his foul-mouthed brother Paul with his father by noting that the latter was known to kill a joke with his unwillingness to cuss. "A woman I know who's quite blunt/ Had a bear trap installed in her... oh, you know. It's a base, vernacular word for the vagina."
- In the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Slow Empire, Fitz, for reasons, is being kind of a jerk in one chapter. When his bandmates agree to Bowdlerize a song title to "Rondelation in the Key of C" (the previous title was "Pint Drunk", considered unacceptable for its reference to "illicit ethanol abuse"), he remarks that they're "something in the key of C".
- The first recorded instance of the C-word on live British TV (or the whole world for that matter) was on ITV's The Frost Programme on 7 November 1970, when future magazine publisher Felix Dennis let one slip. Here's the uncut video.
- Used (though censored in the TV broadcast) in the episode "Real Time" of Workaholics, the guys spend the first few minutes leaving angry voice-mails to their boss, Alice. At the end of the episode, after trying and failing to destroy the voice-mails, they contemplate doing it again, and Adam says he has a great one, after thinking about it all day.
Adam: Hello, Alice? Uh, this is uh, Not-Adam. You are a cunt. You're a cunt! You're a dumb cunt."
- Naturally, the guys lose it at this, laughing as though it was the best joke they'd ever heard.
- There was a classic Monty Python sketch about a man who pronouces all his 'C's as 'B's. At the end of the sketch the other man suggests he try spelling these words with a 'K' instead, leading the first man to observe "What a silly bunt." This actually got the BBC into a lot of trouble.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Larry David's use of it during a poker game causes an effeminate acquaintance to have a slow motion nervous breakdown. Made all the funnier when David later mentioned in retrospect, he "should've said ''pussy''".
- The obituary misprint: "Devoted sister, beloved cunt."note
- Marty Funkhauser's joke he tells Jerry Seinfeld: "P.S Your cunt is in the sink"
- Susie in "The Grand Opening": "Fuck you, you carwash cunt! I had a dental appointment!"
- The Sopranos
- Season 2 has a scene where Tony applies it to Big Pussy's wife, causing Carmella to stop him mid-sentence and shut him up.
- Uncle Junior, a by-definition old geezer, breaks his hip in the shower and exclaims "YOUR SISTER'S CUNT!"
- In another case, Christopher gets to go on a movie set and suggests a curse word alternative to bitch - pucchiacha. When asked what it means, he simply deadpans: "Cunt."
- The Wire has a scene where its use causes Stringer Bell, a drug dealer and multiple murderer, to stop in his tracks and look shocked. The full line: "Oh fuck the meet! You harder to get at than my fat wife's cunt, nigger!"
- On a different occasion from the same show.
McNulty: You know something? My ex-wife, the way she acts sometimes, the way she deals with shit.... You would think a less enlightened man than myself, cruder man than myself, a man less sensitized to the qualities and charms and value of women, a man like that; not me, but a man like that: he just might call her a cunt.
Greggs: You just called the mother of your children a cunt.
McNulty: No, I did not call her that.
Greggs: Yes you fucking did!
McNulty: No, I did not! Let's just leave this, I've got some stuff to do.
- Thirty Rock: an episode appropriately titled "The C Word" centered around Liz being called this and freaking out. The word was never actually spoken, but a supporting character played by Rachel Dratch screamed "Runt!" whenever it was about to be spoken. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Averted in a future episode, in which Kenneth says to Liz, "You're acting like a real C-word right now! That's right — a Cranky Sue!"
- In Arrested Development, Tobias was interrupted when arguing with his wife by his daughter: "You selfish cun...try music loving lady!"
- It shows up a few times in Queer as Folk, mostly fairly casually, but in one case, it was enough to end a friendship.
Emmett: Well I may be a silly faggot, but you know something Mel? You're a Cunt.
- There's an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation where the B-plot involves the victim being killed in a case of "road rage" after striking back at the driver who used "that word." The word is, of course, muted in the flashback depicting the incident. As Catherine and Sara are the ones going over the case, they don't use it themselves; Sara just says, "I hate that word."
- "An Inconvenient Lie." Dexter has a serial rapist car salesman bound up on his table; the killer's trying to buy time by picking through Dexter's mind, eventually calling his girlfriend, Rita, a cunt. Dexter, who claims to be completely emotionless, responds by driving a knife into the guy's chest with great force. "DON'T! (Stab) ...talk that way about my girlfriend."
- In season 4 Arthur loves this, using it against his wife, his daughter, and a random barfly.
- Season 3, Debra to Yuki: "You're really a cunt, aren't you?", or something along those lines.
- For How I Met Your Mother Word Of God says this is the word Narrator Ted changes to "grinch" when talking to his kids.
- Skins has no qualms about the use of the word ("DON'T YOU DARE USE 'CUNT' AND 'OXFAM' IN THE SAME SENTENCE!"), but still couldn't resist the temptation to go with a Fun with Acronyms version at least once.
Naomi: * walking away from Cook while giving him the finger* "See you next time!"
- The Thick of It is full of Cluster F Bombs, and the writers aren't afraid of Country Matters either. In one episode an eight-year-old girl is accidentally sent an email reading "Jesus Christ! what a cunt!" and Hilarity Ensues. In another episode spin doctor Malcolm Tucker receives a birthday cake iced with "Happy Birthday C*nt".
"Tucker's Law: If some cunt can fuck something up, that cunt will pick the worst possible time to fucking fuck it up because that cunt's a cunt! I've got that embroidered on a tea towel at home."
- Sex and the City features prissy Charlotte using the euphemistic version—while having her friends try on bridesmaid dresses, she objects to Samantha's efforts to raise the hem line—"No! I don't want anyone to see your... see you next tuesday"
- In one episode of Have I Got News for You an MP, Richard Graham, had referred to another person as a cunt (apparently while drunk) on his blog.
Stuart Maconie: He called some Labour guy in his constituency... I can't say this word... the C word.
Paul: No, I believe he was referring to the four letter version.
- The United States Of Tara: One of Tara's alters defaces one of the murals she had been working on with "Die Yuppie Cunt". When Marshall and Kate discuss which alter did it, they repeat the word. A lot.
- Copious usage in Deadwood.
- Noteworthy, in that the first use of this word in the show is within ten minutes of the very first episode, and by a woman, at that.
Calamity Jane: It's only WILD BILL HICKOCK you got stranded here in the muck! Y'ignorant fuckin' cunts.
- In the pilot of True Blood, Denise Rattray, a trashy dealer of vampire blood, spews it out to the main character, who in turn drawls "That just proves how low-rent you really are".
- Debbie and Pam drop the C-bomb a couple times too.
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand is not afraid to use this word as a part of being Darker and Edgier retelling of the story.
- House: Cameron, of all people, gets away with the "see you next Tuesday" variant, though It Makes Sense in Context—this is during Chase's attempts at courtship by saying he likes her once a week; the line's delivery didn't suggest the hidden meaning, but the euphemism is not hidden.
- All things considered, it was probably inevitable that Gene Hunt would turn out to be known in underworld circles as "Hunt the —" * disapproving glare*
- Dead Like Me has Delores Herbig using the "see you next Tuesday" variety, IIRC.
- Louis C.K.'s HBO sitcom Lucky Louie has this exchange come up in an argument about the existence of God:
Jerry: Well, of course there's a God.
Rich: What proof is there of that?
Jerry: Well, what do you think made you, asshole?
Rich: The fuck does that mean?
Jerry: Where'd you come from?
Rich: My mother's cunt.
Jerry: Okay, well where'd she come from?
Rich: Her mother's cunt. And her mother's cunt before that. And it goes back like that from cunt to cunt to cunt to cunt all the way back until eventually you get to that slimy fish with no legs.
Jerry: Okay, well where'd the fish come from?
Rich: His legless mother's cunt. You see, everything and everybody comes from their mother's cunt.
Jerry: Well, uh, with all these cunts, I mean, they had to come from somewhere. Well, where'd they come from?
Rich: I guess they all come from one big giant cunt.
Jerry: Yeah— and that's God!
- One episode involved the word more prominently when Louie and Kim have a fight, things get heated, and he calls her a cunt. Obviously, she shuts down and refuses to talk to him, and he ends up accidentally calling her a cunt again, twice, during his apology.
- Will and Grace: Almost said by Karen, unsurprisingly:
Karen: (to Lorraine) Hit the road, you syphillitic toad.
Lyle: Karen, if there's one thing I will not tolerate, it's rhyming insults.
Lyle: (to Karen, who is very clearly about to say something starting with "C") Stop it!
- In an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! on Profanity, it's the only word even the anti-censorship commentators are hesitant to say. Most of them do, but radio host Mancow refuses, claiming his wife will kill him.
- On the other hand, there seems to be some implied use of it as immediately after the stream of the word "cunt" it cuts to a scene of the main opponent of the matter for the episode, a woman.
- Averted: Caprice Bourret used it live on daytime television while discussing The Vagina Monologues without any uproar at all.
- Similarly, Jane Fonda blurted out on The Today Show how she offered to do a monologue titled "Cunt" and nothing came of it... except for the guy on the seven-second delay likely having an aneurysm.
- The BBC had to be astonishingly careful when discussing the word on the Oxford English Dictionary Word Hunt show Balderdash And Piffle, including Content Warnings both before and during the show. (It aired pre-Watershed.) It sought out the etymology of various words. One episode explored 'cunt' in some depth.
- It carries less stigma in Britain, of course, but one episode of Im Sorry I Havent A Clue had Stephen Fry describe "countryside" as "the act of murdering Piers Morgan."
- "Dirty" Den on Eastenders once failed to Get Crap Past The Radar when the actor left rather too long a pause in the middle of addressing a PC as "constable" - there's a fine art in getting the insult noticeable but not blatant. Try it at home, kids!
- In An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, while speaking in London, Kevin talks about the difference between saying the C-word in England (Right on, mate!), and saying it in America (Ugh. Cunt?).
- At a Mystery Science Theater 3000 convention, Trace Beaulieu almost referred to Kim Cattrall with the word, but caught himself halfway through. His censored version also showed up on an actual MST3K episode.
- British comedian Will Smith (not the Hollywood actor) hosted a documentary called The C Word: How We Came to Swear By It.
- Subverted in the Community episode "Beginner Pottery":
Pierce: (referring to Shirley) Well, I guess now we know what the C in Captain stands for ...
Pierce: ... crabapple!
- Nathan uses it relatively often in Misfits, frequently when he's chatting up a girl (his seduction techniques are notoriously terrible). The pilot episode also features this argument between two girls:
Alisha: Shut up you chav.
- And the season 2 finale, when the boys are discussing what their super-hero names should be:
Nathan: *points at Simon* The Invisible Cunt!
Simon: Why am I the Invisible Cunt?
Nathan: You just are, man. Get used to it.
- HBO's Rome loves this word, frequently combining it with Roman blasphemy ("Juno's cunt!") Justified in that ancient Roman curses were almost entirely scatological and the equivalent of "cunt" note was one of the milder ones.
- Showtime's Californication has a scene where an obnoxious party attendant calls Karen a cunt and even presses his luck with her in front of Hank Moody (Catch You Next Tuesday). Hank then causally walks up to the man and in the words of Les Grossman, punches him in the face really f'in hard.
- Saturday Night Live had a sketch about music executives trying to get Cee-Lo Green's single "Fuck You" changed so it can air on TV (as "fuck," like "cunt," is one of the seven words you can't say on TV). One of the executives (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) calls a female censor a "...world-class Country Strong".
- In Life On Mars, Irish suspect O'Brien asks whether Gene Hunt is rhyming slang. What for is discreetly left out.
- Which makes for a great Brick Joke in episode 1.06 of Ashes to Ashes, where a character demonstrates:
: His name's easy. Rhymes with my favorite word. In fact, we used to call him Hunt the-
- On Ru Pauls Drag Race, the drag queens are encouraged to display their Creativity, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent.
- In Game of Thrones one of our early signs that Joffrey Baratheon is in fact pure evil is when he uses this term to refer to Arya Stark.
- Bronn isn't a terribly bad guy (Only in It for the Money at least) but he makes his opinion of Joffery quite clear in "Garden of Bones":
Bronn: There's no cure for being a cunt.
Asha: Are you the dumbest cunt alive?
- Played with in Veronica Mars, episode "Look Who's Stalking":
Kendall: Oh, well if it isn't Little Miss Teen Getaway. Your dad and I were just dealing with a little trouble.
- A recurring segment on This Hour Has 22 Minutes is “Computer Corner”, in which Gunter Wilson teaches the audience about computers despite knowing virtually nothing about them. One sketch dealt with Instant Messaging and Gunter used several abbreviations including an unfortunate one for “See you next Tuesday.” The audience doesn’t see the abbreviation but the implication is clear.
- In an episode of Midsomer Murders a character calls Barnaby's constable at the time a "right constable", where his accent and the emphasis make it obvious what he means.
- In the series Firefly, Joss Whedon predated his addition of the word "quim" to the movie The Avengers, when he had the rogue police Womack utter the line "You are an ugly-looking little quim, you know that?" to a male postal worker.
- Averted in The Exploited's famous protest song, "Maggie You Cunt", which respectfully disagrees with the socio-economic policies and legacy of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
- Parodied in Kevin Bloody Wilson's song You Can't Say Cunt In Canada.
- Averted with Anal Cunt, obviously.
- Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits album includes a Precision F-Strike in "Since I Don't Have You" ("Yeah, we're fucked!"), but their Cover Version of the Dead Boys' "Ain't It Fun" has the radio version due to the line "Ain't it fun when you tell her she's just a cunt?". It also shows up in "Bad Obsession", with the verse "I call my mother/She's just a cunt now/Said I'm sick in the head".
- Used as part of a pun in Bo Burnham's I'm Bo, Yo showing that he's not afraid to be offensive and brash.
Go to a vagina orchard
Spin that plant around
You've got a third world country.
- The Death! Death! Die! song "Kiss of Poseidon" has a series of PG-13 verses regarding women of rather indiscriminate affections, which each chorus is simply the repeated phrase "Cause you're a cunt! A stupid cunt! Such a stupid cunt! Yeah!"
- Azealia Banks her break-out hit 212 makes liberal use of it, as do quite a few of her other songs.
- The song "In My Country" by the Lemon Sisters features a female singer entreating lonely sailors to come and visit her country. That is, the nation in which she lives. For some reason, she keeps pausing in the middle of words.
- In his song "Dr. Stephen", Stephen Lynch sings about being a gynecologist. After spending the entire song tap-dancing around this trope with last second word swaps and euphemisms, he announces that he "could never say "cunt" to an audience".
- This Fantastic Four filk where Sue Richards-nee-Storm redefines the phrase "country mile" thanks to her Fantastic elastic husband Reed.
- Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon) titled his first album Put The 'O' Back In Country. Not a Toby Keith fan, we're thinking.
- In the Sex Pistols song "Pretty Vacant", guess how Johhny Rotten pronounces the last syllable of the title?
- And Sid Vicious' version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" changed the line, "My friend, I'll say it clear", to "You cunt, I'm not a queer".
- Last-Second Word Swap in the Emilie Autumn song "Miss Lucy Had Some Leeches": "Hell-o to the surgeon with scalpel old and blunt/ he'll tie you to the table and he'll mutilate your/ come, it's nearly teatime ..."
- TISM's song 'I might be a cunt, but I'm not a fucking cunt.' Amusingly, early in the song they promise, 'I might have screwed your sister, but I'll never screw your mum...' only to declare at the end, 'I mightn't tell the truth all the time, hey, but what's your mum's number?'
- One of the verses from The Police's song "Rehumanize Yourself" is "Billy's joined the National Front/He was always a little runt/He's got his hand in the air with the other cunts/You've got to humanize yourself".
- The Anti-Nowhere League, "So What" (later covered by Metallica):
I've [done something evil or disgusting] and I've [something else, etc]; so what, so what, you boring little cunt?
- The Lonely Island Just 2 Guyz
"Who invited Steve? That Steve is a cunt!"
"I like my friend. He's a real guy's guy. He's not a loudmouth like that cunt-hole Steve!"
- Ronnie Van Zant said it in a throwaway line during the live version of "Gimme Three Steps" found on One More from the Road (and also on Gold & Platinum).
- Averted with a song by the Asylum Street Spankers.
My cunt, my cunt,
My country calls to me,
A soldier I will be...
- "Blubber Boy" by Regurgitator might be the only song featuring the c-word ever to have charted in Australia or anywhere in the world. Nobody noticed the line "rub me on your cunt, I'll come back again".
- "Australia the Lucky Cunt" is an EP by TISM.
- In the Frightened Rabbit song "Poke", the singer laments the slow death of his relationship. He wonders if, instead, they should just rip off the bandaid and "kick its cunt in and watch as it dies from bleeding."
- The unreleased Deadmau5 song Seeya Next Tuesday is this, but only if you really think about it first. (Wait a minute, "Seeya Next Tuesday"? C...U...N-ext...T-ues...oh. Uhh...)
- The Doors "Break on Through" features the lines "I found an island in your arms/Country in your eyes..."
- Perhaps the ur-example in mainstream comedy comes from George Carlin, who naturally included "cunt" in his groundbreaking seven dirty words you can't say on television. Carlin being Carlin he seems perplexed by the peculiar aversion that many people, particularly women, seem to have towards the "C-word" in particular and notes that unlike other words like "snatch", "box" or "pussy" "cunt" is not a euphemism.
- Christopher Titus - Norman Rockwell is Bleeding: (Talking about the time he fought with Erin over cheating on him when they broke up while they were dating) "And she took everything I threw at her man! She even took the 'C' word! I know! ...she's perfect!"
- Bill Hicks used the word freely once when handling a female heckler.
- Averted, then lampshaded and subverted by Stephen Lynch in his Gynecology song.
Lynch: When your legs are open, I'll begin the gropin', but I fear I must be blunt / I would just as soon not go near your balloon knot, think that I'll stick to your... front. Laughter I would never say "cunt" to an audience... ever!
- Louis C.K. has a whole segment about the word (and how much he loves it) on one of his HBO specials. He says that it sounds "chocolatey and round on the end" and that he sings it to himself in the laundry room. He uses it sparingly in every show, really.
- A (scripted) stand-up scene in an episode of Louie has him dealing with a female heckler by using it, though.
Heckler: You did not just call me a c-word!
Louie: No, I called you a cunt.
- Jimmy Carr uses this word frequently.
- Billy Connolly gave this gem in a recent stand-up:
BC: You're a cunt. You're such a cunt. Why, you're so much of a cunt, that if there were a contest to find out who the biggest cunt was, you'd come in second. Why? Because you're a cunt!
- In the Jim Jefferies HBO special I Swear to God he had a special light that flickered signalling the 15 minute mark of his show, because HBO was afraid of losing viewers before the 15 minute-mark (ratings are counted in the first 15 minutes of a tv program) and you can noticeably see that he's seen the light when he starts his panda joke "Aren't pandas cunts?"
- Arj Barker plays on this on one of his Australian tours, throwing the word into the mix when doing an encore skit about Aussies giving directions to foreigners.
- William Shakespeare created the Trope Namer in Hamlet when Hamlet is feigning "insanity" around Ophelia.
- There's an instance in Twelfth Night where Malvolio finds a forged note by Sir Toby that appears to have come from the Countess, and proclaims it authentic based on the handwriting: "See how she makes her Cs, her U, an her Ts, and thus makes her Ps."
- This quote allowed the BBC to get away with saying it very prolifically when they aired the scene at 6:40pm on a Saturday night.
- There's another example by Shakespeare in Othello. In Act 3 Scene 3, Iago tries to insinuate that Desdemona is not as pure as she seems. He uses the phrase "country disposition", alluding to both the stereotype of the open and passionate Venetian woman and, well...you know.
- Shakespeare also has a bilingual example in Henry V, in which the French-speaking Princess Katherine, getting an English lesson from her lady-in-waiting, is both horrified and amused to discover that the English words "foot" and "gown" (which Katherine and her lady mispronounce as "coun") resemble the French words for "fuck" and "cunt."
- Some feminists have attempted to reclaim the word; there's a piece in The Vagina Monologues called (what else?) Reclaiming Cunt. (seriously, it culminates in loud, repeated exclamations of CUNT!!! It is pretty awesome to behold), and there's Inga Muscio's book Cunt: A Declaration of Independence. Hasn't quite been reclaimed on the level that "queer" has been for gays, but it's still something to note.
- The Ugandans in The Book of Mormon are quite fond of the word, and "Hasa Diga Eebowai" abounds with it.
Mafala: When God fucks you in the butt
Ugandans: Hasa diga eebowai!
Mafala: Fuck God right back in his cunt!
- Later in the song, we get this:
Ugandans: If you don't like what we say/try living here a couple days./Watch all your friends and family die./Hasa diga eebowai! Fuck you!/Hasa diga eebowai!/Fuck you God in the ass, mouth, and cunt-a,/Fuck you God in the ass, mouth, and cunt-a,/Fuck you God in the ass, mouth, and cunt-a,/Fuck you in the eye!
- The song ends in a great exclamation of "Fuck you God! In the cunt!"
- There was a sourcebook for the superhero Tabletop Game Silver Age Sentinels literally called Country Matters. It was a roster book of female supers.
- FATAL has no problem with the word. This would not, in itself, be too bad. It then starts throwing around phrases like "mouth-cunt", "cuntress", "cunt-pipe" (really) and the name "Cuntrina".
- Considering that this is the RPG "system" infamous for (among many, many other things) rape tables and a truly astounding level of misogyny, this sort of fades into the background noise.
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- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, this word is dropped several times through the course of the game. Considering the other offensive words that are used and the overall cringe worthy subject matter of the game, its not surprising. However, it's thrown in for attentive radio listeners in Grand Theft Auto III: (Head Radio music station is hosted by none other than DJ Michael Hunt, who states his name pretty frequently.
Michael Hunt: You can call me Mike.
- Rockstar Games' own Red Dead Redemption uses the word three times, two of which are in fairly quick succession.
- Both Vico and the narration text throw this around a lot in A Dance with Rogues.
- Broken Saints has no qualms with swearing, but it's worth pointing out that only Mars uses this word.
- The Brute Splicers in BioShock 2 are about as civilized as they look, language and all.
- Hinted at a couple of times in Dragon Age II; the way Isabela asks Aveline if Donnic "satisfied the demands of your Qun" is quite...suggestive...and then there's the following gem:
- In Prototype2, a mission involves Heller being informed of a Blackwatch Tank Commander who made some inflammatory remarks about his deceased wife and calls Dana Mercer a "pasty hacker cunt". Dana's objection is at being called "pasty".
- In Amnesia: The Dark Descent's Justine DLC, Basile calls Justine (aka you, the player), a cunt, among other unsavory names. Considering what she did to him his anger is understandable.
- South Park:
- There's an episode where Wendy dumps Stan. Stan asks Jimmy (the stutterer) to tell her that's she "a continuing source of inspiration to [him]." Unfortunately, Jimmy ends up telling Wendy, "Stan says that you're a cont—... you're a cont—... Stan says you're a cont—cont—cont..."
- Also from South Park: "Balzac was a writer, he lived with Allen Funt / Mrs. Roberts didn't like him, but that's 'cause she's a / C[o]nt-aminated water can really make you sick..." ("Something You Can Do With Your Finger")
- In the episode "Clubhouses," Randy and Sharon Marsh get into an argument that reaches a climax when the former loudly shouts a bleeped word. Sharon is visibly outraged and says: "You just used the C-word!" A confused and somewhat surprised Randy replies: "I did?"
- Tiger Woods calls his wife this in "Sexual Healing", and it is not censored.
- Russell Crowe starts to call a woman this in "The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer", but it's cut short.
- Similarly, Roger in American Dad! uses this when Francine orders him off the phone. "I'll call you later, the boss is being a real- Catch U Next Tuesday!"
- That lady is a real C-word. Hey, we're all guys here; I'll just say it: "Cuckoohead."
- In an episode of Family Guy, Quagmire asks Brian about the sign on his new RV:
Brian: "Quagmire's Cross-Country Tour." Uh, isn't there an "o" in "country?"
- An early episode had Brian call Meg a "whiny, little runt", Lois gasps in shock and Brian assures her that he said runt.
- One episode has the poster for the school lesbians' club printed with "C U Next Tuesday!"
- Also, this DVD-only scene in "Road to Europe":
: Ah, Winston
. Drunk again, I see.
Churchill: Yeah, well you're a cunt.
- And another from one of the Frank Sinatra episodes:
Brian: We love the work of Allen Funt...
: Or a nicely shaven leg
- "The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou" episode features this exchange:
Brian: I don't know. Although, your sunburn was pretty bad, I suppose it could be... the C Word.
Stewie: What the hell does that have to do with anything?!
Brian: No, cancer.
Stewie: Oh, oh, I-I thought you meant... it's not important. Oh no, cancer!
- In one early episode, someone on Wheel of Fortune has to solve a puzzle: GO TUCK YOURSELF IN. Peter remarks that this one was even tougher than MY HAIRY AUNT.
My last name isn't Gimble like on my W-4. It's Tunt. Archer:
Tum again? (beat)
- That was a Cunning Stunt.
- Mel Gibson during his epic profanity ridden phone rants against his ex-wife dropped c-bombs like they were candy, among many, many other creative insults.
- Though it's not known for sure, some linguistic scholars have speculated that the Norman word "Count" did not replace the Germanic word "Earl" in England due to being too similar to "cunt." If this is true, the word "countess" was presumably dissimilar enough.
- "Did you know Stuart Adamson?" "He was a Big Country member." "Oh, I remember." This is derived from the original comment in Australian Federal Parliament by early 1970's Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in response to an angry outburst by a member of an opposing party (Country Party - now the Nationals half of the Liberal/National Coalition): "I'm a Country Member!" Gough Whitlam - "Oh, I remember".
- In a particularly obnoxious possible example, University of Colorado football players have reportedly called teammate Katie Hnida a cunt while brutally hazing her. When CU president Betsy Hoffman was later called on the carpet to explain why the coach wasn't fired, she responded that "cunt", in Chaucer's times, was a term of endearment and perhaps that's what the players meant. Really.
- Probably apocryphal example doing the rounds:
Australian sovereigntist: We're going to have our own independent state and call it the Principality of Australia!
Her Majesty the Queen: You can't do that, you don't have a Prince.
Australian sovereigntist: All right then, how about the Kingdom of Australia?
HMQ: No, because you don't have a King.
Australian sovereigntist: What do you suggest then?
Prince Philip: Why not leave it the way it clearly is. A country.
- Similarly, When we had an Emperor, we were an Empire. When we had a King, we were a Kingdom. Now Margaret Thatcher is in office, and we have a country.
- "Coney" (pronounced "cunny" in Britain) is an old word for "rabbit" that fell out of use because it sounded like "cunny," another version of "cunt." "Rabbit" is the main replacement, but it's obvious that "bunny" is a modified form of "coney."
- In fact, etymologically speaking, it makes perfect sense. Just remember that once, the Roman empire controlled pretty much all Europe, and imposed its language everywhere, with words such as "cunniculus", which means "rabbit". The comparison between the rodent's face and women's private parts led Latin people to call both the same way. The former sense was forgotten, not the latter.
- Trying to talk about the place in England called "Scunthorpe" can prove difficult on message boards with censor software. Averted, as nobody would ever want to talk about Scunthrope anyway.
- John F. Kennedy was hanging out with some friends and his wife when he mentioned that someone was a real Charlie Uncle Nan Tare. Jackie then asked what a Charlie Uncle Nan Tare was, since she didn't understand he was using phonetics. No one wanted to answer.
- The example in the lead to this article was taken directly from a court case said to have taken place in Manchester, England. When the judge asked the Canadian what he'd have done if his friend had called him a child molester instead, he replied that he wouldn't have been nearly as angry, because that wasn't anywhere near the insult that "cunt" was.
- There was an inn called the "Flying Cunt" somewhere in Transylvania. The local feudal lord AND his entire court were regulars there.
- The Japanese equivalent of "cunt" is "manko", and is similarly treated as one of the most vulgar words in the Japanese language. It's always bleeped if said on television, and if written down, it very often has the middle "n" character blanked out. You'll never be able to look at Mako the same way again.
- Yakimanka, a street in Moscow, is only one phoneme away from being Japanese for "roast cunt".
- In Mandarin Chinese, the equivalent is "bī" (屄), and has about the same effect and usage, with one weird exception: "niú bī" (牛屄, sometimes with a different last character but with the same sound), usually abbreviated as "NB" on Chinese message boards, can mean "really fucking cool" when used to describe something, and either "badass" or "total dick" when describing a person, depending on whether you mean it positively or negatively.
- The Dutch equivalent of "cunt" is "kut", and is used quite regularly in the Dutch language, as said above. It is more of a prefix than that it's used alone though, and in some youngsters use to denote a female's external reproduction organs as well. Young children will be corrected, but everyone above the age of 15 will not be, and, though, most don't use it in polite coversation, it is used quite a lot in informal talks.
- In Spain, the word "coño" is dropped left and right, and although the literal translation is, well, "cunt" (as in "women's genitalia"), it seems not to be considered as such a horrible thing to say. The word can be used as an exclamation of:
- surprise ("¿¡Qué coño ha pasado!?" = "What the fuck happened!?")
- joy ("¡coño, cuánto tiempo sin verte!" = "holy fuck, long time no see you!")
- annoyance ("¿Qué coño quieres?" = "What the fuck do you want?")
- And certain variations of the word can mean something different. For instance the augmentative "coñazo" (it means "big cunt") can mean "boring, unbearably dull" ("¡Esto es un coñazo!" = "This is fucking boring!"). On second thought, it would seem that "coño", in Spanish slang, is the equivalent of the English "fuck".
- Used in the second line of the anthem of Bella Guerin Hall, a hall of residence at the University of Ballarat. Restrictions have recently been placed on when the song can be chanted, for obvious reasons.
- Political protestors upset at reduction in public spending by the Coalition Government in Britain 2011 have been seen displaying placards decrying Cameron and Clegg for "putting the N in CUTS".
- The Chicago Tribune once printed an article about the use of this word. Even though they carefully avoided the word itself, the article title, "You C*n't Say That" made it obvious enough that the entire section the article was printed in was pulled out at the last minutenote at great expense.
- In regards to the example provided at in the page description, Australians of all ages and genders often use cunt not only as a term of affection (He's a good cunt, that cunt), but as a designator (Yeah, it was that cunt over there), descriptor (Oh, that fucking cunt, he's a deadshit), group name (Oi, you cunts, listen up!) or nickname (G'day y'old cunt, howyagoin?).
- This has also given rise to the curious saying that Australia is "Where you call your mates cunt, and some cunt mate." *** Inverted Trope: An Australian can pack enough venom into a single word, often "Mate", with vocal inflection alone, that it is exactly equivalent to saying "Cunt" (as an offensive term) in its place.
- Similarly, a Glaswegian asking a friend to join them at the bar will likely say something like "Awright ya cunt, fancy comin' for a drink with that cunt Shug an' all they other cunts?".
- Gropecunt Lane, which was Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Somewhere in coverage of the Tea Party protests in the US, there's a photo of a man wearing a T-shirt that reads "I love my country" below a rebus of Hillary Clinton + a tree.
- Mr. Vincent Caravella of Giantbomb will not be living down his dropping of the C-word for a long time.
- Sort of Averted in Russian, where the equivalent of the C-word (pizda/пизда), although by no means socially acceptable language, is not considered the most vulgar word to use. That dubious honour goes to a word for male genitalia (khuy/хуй).
- You can also say "pizdaty" (cuntly), which is a mat adjective with the meaning of "fine, excellent". Or "pizdets", which means "fiasco, total mess". Yes, mat is illogical.
- Reversed in Poland, with exactly the same words, where the 'cunt' equivalent is again the worse word, while 'chujowy' (dick-ly) is a midly offensive negative adjective, while phrases like 'tępy chuj' (dumb dick, literaly blunt dick) can be either negative or affectionate, depending on the people and context (the latter heavily influences by an adult cartoon that thrives on swearing).
- In fulfilling its guiding purpose, Cockney Rhyming Slang has a completely innocuous way of saying it, Berk, which comes from Berkeley Hunt, rhyming with cunt. Now you know a way to say it without anyone knowing, providing no one around you speaks Cockney...
- Cockney has another inoffensive (indeed, somewhat affectionate) version; charlie, after some otherwise long-forgotten person called Charlie Hunt. This can also be a literal (still inoffensive) version.
- Rumor has it that, for some years after Sir Antony Blunt was exposed as a Soviet spy, Cockneys were in the habit of calling each other "a right Sir Antony."
- Jane Fonda was appearing in a benefit production of the above-mentioned The Vagina Monologues, and while being interviewed about it on Today, casually mentioned on live daytime tv the title of one of the pieces. Meredith Viera apologized on behalf of NBC, and it was censored for broadcast in later time zones. 
- Western Australia had the unfortunately-named Curtin University of New Technologies (The "new" has now been dropped, probably for this reason).
- In what was subsequently referred to as a "prominent speech error", Radio 4 news presenter James Naughtie referred to Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary as Jeremy Cunt on a live broadcast, before completely losing it.
- Some believe the word "squaw" to be this, in reality, it's just the Algonquin word for "young woman." It didn't take on demeaning connotations until the late nineteenth century, and now the mistaken etymology has made the word unacceptable in many circles.
- In the north Wales town of Caernarfon, the word cont is freely used by younger residents in the town without intention to cause offence, its use not unlike mun in South Walian English or mate in Australian English. Seeing as Caernarfon punches above its weight in Welsh(-language) culture, - the town only has around nine thousand inhabitants but the vast majority of these use Welsh as their main language - this is very well known.
- “They said I hated Jimmy McCullough’s guts. What I really said is that he’s a nasty little cunt. There’s a big difference, you know.” – Geoff Britten, Wings drummer, claiming he was misquoted in Melody Maker (Taken from the book Bitch Bitch Bitch, compiled by David Wheeler and Mike Wrenn)
- Many historians and linguists have speculated that, after the Norman conquest of England, the continental rank of "count" was replaced with the Anglo-Saxon "earl"note as the peerage rank above "baron" for just this reason. Notably, with the lack of any equivalent female term for "earl," the word used is "countess."