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" (also called the "C word").
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. In the US and Canada, it is the most offensive 'generic' insult possible, rivalled only by certain severe ethnic slurs (depending on who's saying those slurs). It's virtually always used to express bitter, mocking contempt, and is more likely to be directed at women than at men; when used by a man against a woman the argument has just gone thermonuclear. Considering that the word's literal meaning is simply "female genitalia", the extremely negative connotations attached to "cunt" have Unfortunate Implications.
Note, however, that this is only true in the US and Canada. In many parts of the United Kingdom, while "cunt" is still an insult, it is not considered anywhere near as offensive as it is across the pond — being something like a stronger, crasser version of "asshole" or "douchebag" — and is therefore more likely to be used in conversation (and be heard on television), and said use is remarkably more unisex in nature. Meanwhile in Australia and New Zealand it's practically become a term of endearment, being used as a way of referring to your mates or even strangers more often than as an insult. Even so, it's not a word you'd use in polite company. All this can naturally result in Separated by a Common Language — for instance, the Englishman who can't understand why his American friend just broke his nose; after all, he was only having a larf.
It should also be noted that it has a somewhat different application in parts of the LGBT community, where "cunty" is used as a euphemism for extreme, often stuck-up confidence and haughtiness, particularly in the ballroom scene. As an extension of that, it is also sometimes used to refer to more flamboyant and often prim and proper gay men in African-American and Latino LGBTQ circles.
- 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..." Here's a video which captured one of the commercials that do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGaHPGxEW0k
- The more daring advertisers have certainly made full use of the "beaver" euphemism in their commercials over the years. In Canada, Molson has the perfect drink for chasing beaver, and in Australia, Kotex has a product for helping young ladies take care of their... beavers.
- 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 Oruchuban Ebichu, Ebichu, in front of a suggestive background, describes how the fall season is associated with chestnuts, kuri, and squirrels, risu; chestnuts and squirrels, or, kuri to risu, sounds like "clitoris". In an Eye Catch, the characters for "manko" are almost spelled out, but end up spelling "manso".
- 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 episode eleven of the uncensored version of Deadman Wonderland Rokuro, who just had his ass kicked and found out that Karako was going to infiltrate the Undertakers hideout, calls her a cunt that sucks at math.
- It's used multiple times in the uncensored version of episode 6 by Minatsuki/Mockingbird, after she drops her innocent persona. She tells her brother to "think of that floozy cunt you're just like" (their mother), and ends a flashback to her childhood with "The cunt actually saved the fucking primroses! Can you believe that shit?!"
- In an omake joke at the end of volume 5 of Daily Life with Monster Girl, cyclops girl Manako is upset because someone made fun of her name on the MON Squad roster list, by crossing out the "na" character and writing in an "n" (see above and below in Real Life). Zombina is rendered speechless trying not to laugh, Tionishia doesn't get it, and Doppel was the culprit. The joke completely fell flat in the official English translation where they simply had "nookie" scrawled in above the crossed-out "na".
- A weird case in Gintama where our hero Gintoki calls his Evil Former Friend's Perky Female Minion Matako, Manko, or rather Ma*ko. This is used in an odd way to fight the Japanese conservative "A woman's body belongs to a man" with her replying that while her heart belongs to her "Shinsuke-sama", is her body her own.
- There's a Y: The Last Man comic where the leader of the Amazons gets called "cunt" by a girl she's taken prisoner and calmly explains the origins of the word and claims its origins don't justify how it has come to be used as the most offensive swear in the English language... Then, after the girl calls her a bitch, she orders Hero to kill the girl.
- Garth Ennis has no problem with the word, especially in The Authority: Kev and The Boys, where the first line of dialogue in the series is a protagonist saying, with regards to superheroes, "I’m gonna fucking have you. You cunts." Not to mention the "Kitchen Irish" arc of The Punisher MAX, which features an aging Irish gangster who throws the word around like it is confetti.
- In one issue of Power Girl Satanna can be seen wearing a shirt that says "CU Next Tues" in a flashback, making it a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Warren Ellis's viciously accurate historical comic Crécy features this gem;
In England, the word "cunt" is punctuation.
- In Savage Dragon, two superwomen named Rapture and She-Dragon fought each other for reasons that aren't important here. Rapture manages to get as far as "You stupid cu -" before she is cutoff mid-sentence.
- In In the Loop, Malcolm Tucker delivers what might well be the most intelligent use of profanity in cinema history to US Assistant Secretary of State for Policy Linton Barwick. Doubles as Precision F-Strike:
Malcolm Tucker:: "You know, I've come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you! I mean, you are a real boring fuck! Sorry, I know you disapprove of the swearing, so I'll sort that. You are a boring F-star-star... CUNT."
- 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" The TV broadcast will change the line to "Bangkitty".
- 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 cannot 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 Plane: "Your mother's cunt smells like carpet cleaner."
- 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 an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.
Harry: Leave my kids fucking out of it! What have they done?! You fucking retract that bit about my cunt fucking kids!
Ken: I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.
- The 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.
- Kick-Ass: 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 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 Bond 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?
Nick: Cunt. (beat) Shit-cunt. (degrades into Cluster F-Bomb)
- 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 & 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 overhear.
- 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!
- InScary 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-".
- Cloud Atlas's fourth chapter is full of swearing, but Dermot Hoggins managed to get the film a 15 rating with this trope (to quote the back of the DVD, "contains strong language, once very strong").note
- Crank: "Do I look like I've got 'CUNT' written on my forehead?" Since the film has had scrawled words appearing everywhere throughout, the word immediately appears on his forehead.
- The Love Guru: Responding to a complaint that another character can't face something, the title character says "What is it you can't face?" Now say it again in an Indian accent: "What is it, you cuntface?" This was used in a lot of advertising material.
- In another case of Getting Crap Past the Radar, the spoof Dance Flick has an implied use, where the dance teacher Ms. Cameltoé introduces herself:
Ms. Cameltoé: Now, I'm sure most of you have heard I have a huge cunt—*cough*, excuse me, country music collection.
- The World's End has three uses, all of which are spoken by Manchild protagonist Gary King, and, as with similar character Ed in Shaun of the Dead (part of the same Thematic Series), are used to illustrate his immaturity.
Look at these cunts!
- When he greets his long-lost friends for the pub crawl:
Well, some cunt rubbed off the R!
- When he notices that the "King Gary" he carved into a piece of wood says "King Gay":
Get back in your rocket and fuck off back to Legoland, you cunts!
- And, of course, his argument with the Network:
- In Inside Man, said to a conniving Madeleine White (Jodie Foster), "You're a magnificent cunt." She takes it seemingly as a compliment.
- In Spy, Agent Ford (played by Jason Statham) is told to not use this word due to complaints from the HR department. He states that it means something completely different back from where he's from, to which another agent retorts that in the US, it means vagina.
- In The Exorcist, when Regan is possessed by a demon, she swears a lot, and uses this word among the vast range of swear words that she has.
- "Do you know what she did, your cunting daughter?"
- In Spectre, as M confronts C (who has been revealed to be working for the nefarious titular organization). C sneeringly suggests that M stands for "moron" as he tries to shoot him, only to realize that the gun is empty. M responds in kind as he reveals that he has the clip, saying, "And now I know what "C" stands for. (Beat) Careless." While he uses a very benign word, the pause leaves no doubt as to what M was really getting at.
- In Veronica Guerin, as she arrives at the home of The Irish Mob chief to question him, he screams this repeatedly while beating her in the face, causing her to flee.
- Tossed about so many times in Closer that it's two female stars took to using affectionately with each other in order to lessen their discomfort. Oddly, neither of their characters use it in regards to each other. It's said by one man to another who has slept with his wife, and by the same man to a woman, asking, "What does your cunt taste like?
- In 50/50 when Kyle catches Rachel cheating on Adam, he refers to her as a cunt, and his date angrily walks off on him. He later says "I think I used too much profanity" when describing how the date went.
- In Sisters, Amy Poehler's character remarks that her mother sounds weird cursing, to which her mother responds "Too fucking bad, I am cuntingly disappointed in you!"
- This anecdote about Dafne Keen's on-set antics during the filming of Logan in an interview of Hugh Jackman by Empire brings us this gem:
"In one intense scene, as Jackman recalled to us, Logan loses his temper at Laura. “I just yelled, ‘SHUT THE FUCK UP!’” Jackman says. “At the end of 40 minutes of this I went up to Maria, Dafne’s mum, and I said, ‘Maria, I've got an 11-year-old and I’m just really sorry.’ Maria said, ‘Aw, don’t worry, she just called you a cunt. In Spanish.’”
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest : When asked what he thinks of Nurse Ratched, McMurphy's response is "She's kind of a cunt."
- An American Werewolf in London: David attempts to get himself arrested by saying various forms of slander in front of a policeman.
David: QUEEN ELIZABETH IS A MAN! PRINCE CHARLES IS A FAGGOT! WINSTON CHURCHILL WAS FULL OF SHIT! SHAKESPEARE'S FRENCH! FUCK! SHIT! CUNT! SHIT!
- Ingrid Goes West makes sure the audience has no illusions about Ingrid's sanity and kindness when it introduces our hero while she's screaming the c-word at a bride on her wedding day.
- The only subtitled Russian line in the entirety of Red Sparrow (the rest of the film uses Translation Convention apart from an untranslated greeting) is when SVR Hungarian Station Chief Volontov refers to a female mole he's working as a "stupid cunt".
- In The Way Way Back, Allison Janney's character combines this with Fun with Acronyms when she complains about one family, "They called me a 'see-you-next-Tuesday'. To my face."
- Q: What do you call a female clone?
- A: A clunt.
- Q: What four-letter word refers to a female and ends in "unt"?
- A: "Aunt"
- Q: What is the difference between a tribe of pygmies and a girl's track team?
- A: The pygmies are a group of cunning runts.
- Q. What's the different between the circus and a line of Playboy bunnies?
- A. The circus is a cunning array of stunts.
- It's in every Irvine Welsh novel. Scratch that, it's not just in every novel, it's in every other line. And if it's a chapter narrated by Francis Begbie, every other word.
- Pops up in The Canterbury Tales, where it's spelled "queynte". An old Anglo-Saxon word.
- Andrew Marvell takes advantage of the archaic spelling "queynte" 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". Cecilia at least finds it Actually Pretty Funny.
Robbie: [The original letter] was more formal. And less...Cecilia: Anatomical?
- 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!
- In George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, the word is occasionally dropped. Most notably, Asha is attacked in a skirmish by a clansman who shouts the word every time he strikes at her, until he eventually pummels her into unconsciousness. He later finds her as a prisoner of war and apologizes for his insulting language, though not for trying to kill her. While a prisoner, she's repeatedly degraded by Suggs, a particularly vile knight, who likes throwing the word around. Asha remarks, "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 Bowdlerise 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".
- This is just one of the many profanities thrown around throughout the Miriam Black series.
Ashley: You are one crafty little cunt, aren't you?
Miriam: Nice. You go down on your mother with that mouth?
- Gone Girl has the word "cunt" used multiple times in only one conversation, when Amy admits to being a borderline psychopath for the sake of her relationship with Nick. It also doubles as N-Word Privileges given that a woman is the one who says it. And thanks to the film adaptation, this becomes memetic.
- More than once, characters in Worst. Person. Ever. lampshade how Raymond Gunt's surname oh so easily rhymes with a certain swear.
- Near the end of Vampirocracy, Leon uses it in an Up to Eleven example of his typical Cluster F-Bomb. Justified in that this was a truly extreme situation to which his usual standard of cursing was inadequate.
- Journey to Chaos: Shadow Dengel almost says this in regards to the Mother Dragon but Eric cuts him off with a spear. Note that Shadow Dengel also called her a "shame" and a "slut" but Eric was able to ignore those.
- In Anthony Horowitz's novel Magpie Murders, Alan Conway named his detective "Atticus Pünd" because it is an anagram of "a stupid cunt," showing his feelings toward the entire mystery genre. This is also the motive for Conway's murder.
- 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. There was the mother of all Moral Guardians-shit-storms after this, which led to live broadcasts required to have a 15-second delay. One Conservative Member of Parliament suggested in the Commons that the offender be hanged.
- Used (though censored in the TV broadcast) in the episode "Real Time" of Workaholics, the guys spend the first few minutes leaving angry voicemails 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."
- Monty Python:
- Monty Python's Flying Circus: There is a classic sketch about a man who pronounces 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.
- It also managed to make its way into their farewell show, Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go, during the second verse of "The Penis Song":
Your honeypot, your hairy friend/But never call it cunt/Or we won't come back.
- 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 mentions in retrospect, he "should've said "pussy".
- Larry gets in trouble when he submits an obituary for his wife's aunt and the paper misprints a line, "Devoted sister, beloved cunt."
- Marty Funkhauser's joke he tells Jerry Seinfeld: "P.S Your cunt is in the sink"
- Susie in "The Grand Opening": "Fuck you, you car wash 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
- There's a scene where its use causes Stringer Bell, a drug dealing serial killer, 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.
- 30 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!"
- Arrested Development:
- We have Lindsay and Tobias' argument which is interrupted by their daughter, Maeby's sudden arrival:
Lindsay: That's my point, you— [notices Maeby] ...handsome cowboy, you.
Tobias: Oh, great. And now you're mocking me!? You selfish cun— (also notices Maeby) —try-music-loving lady!
- In addition, the name of the family yacht was The Seaward. It's not pronounced to rhyme with steward.
Michael: Get rid of the Seaward.
Lucille: I will leave when I'm good and ready.
- Of course, Gob's new yacht is actually called The C-Word. Come on!
- We have Lindsay and Tobias' argument which is interrupted by their daughter, Maeby's sudden arrival:
- 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 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 bar fly.
- Season 3, Debra to Yuki: "You're really a cunt, aren't you?", or something along those lines.
- How I Met Your Mother:
- Word of God says this is the word Narrator Ted changes to "grinch" when talking to his kids in the episode, "How Lily Stole Christmas."
- The same episode, introduces a recurring character named Clint. In certain fonts, poor kerning can cause an uppercase "L" and "I" to resemble a "U" thereby rendering "CLINT" indistinguishable from "CUNT." As this is Ted's mother's new boyfriend, you may draw your own conclusions.
- It 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!
- And later that same episode, the show demonstrated that it still knows how to use the word to shock.
Emily: "Cook, any chance you could go and be a cunt over there?"
- It 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.
- 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."
- The film Spin-Off, In the Loop, turns the use of the word into an art form:
Jamie MacDonald: "Well, if it isn't Humpty Numpty, sitting on top of a collapsing wall like some clueless... egg... CUNT!"
Malcolm Tucker: "Y'know, I've come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. I mean, you are a real boring fuck! ...Sorry, sorry, I know that you disapprove of swearing so I'll sort that out. You are a boring F-star-star-CUNT!"
- The actor who plays Tucker, Peter Capaldi, is known for being exceptionally good at delivering the C-word. In an ad for MacMillan Cancer Support he talked about cancer as "Not my usual Big C".
- And, when the last two shows combined and Peter Capaldi met Skins...
Mark: "Fuck off out of my house, you miserable Scottish cunt!"
- And, when the last two shows combined and Peter Capaldi met Skins...
- The film Spin-Off, In the Loop, turns the use of the word into an art form:
- 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 hemline): "No! I don't want anyone to see your... see you next Tuesday"
- Have I Got News for You has made several oblique references to the word:
- In the week preceding one episode, 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.
Ian: A Conservative?
Paul: No, I believe he was referring to the four-letter version.
- Bob Monkhouse worked in two subtle references to the word. First, claiming that people somehow instinctively knew that he was from Kent, as he could always hear them muttering the word as he walked past them in the street, and then:
Bob Monkhouse: I think Ian forgets that he is working in tandem with a man who was described by The Guardian as a cult.note
- In the week preceding one episode, an MP, Richard Graham, had referred to another person as a cunt (apparently while drunk) on his blog.
- 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.
Calamity Jane: It's only WILD BILL HICKOCK you got stranded here in the muck! Y'ignorant fuckin' cunts.
- 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.
- 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. In one episode, Lucretia uses it specifically to refer to a woman's genitals - in this case Mira's.
"Tits, ass and cunt appear to be in fine condition."
- 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.
- 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 & Grace: Almost said by Karen, unsurprisingly:
Karen: (to Lorraine) Hit the road, you syphilitic 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.
- "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.
Kelly: If you call me a chav one more time, I'll kick you so hard in the cunt your mum will feel it.
Nathan: *points at Simon* The Invisible Cunt!
- And the season 2 finale, when the boys are discussing what their super-hero names should be:
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.
- On Ru Pauls Drag Race, the drag queens are encouraged to display their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent.
- Game of Thrones:
Bronn: There's no cure for being a cunt.
- One of our early signs that Joffrey Baratheon is in fact pure evil is when he uses this term to refer to Arya Stark.
- This is probably Sandor Clegane's favourite word.
- 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":
Yara: Are you the dumbest cunt alive?
- Yara Greyjoy unleashes an awesome Cluster C-Bomb as she verbally bitchslaps her dumbass brother Theon in front of all his troops:
- A brigand Sandor is in the middle of killing uses this as his Famous Last Words. And that's after Sandor gave him a chance at picking a better choice than "Fuck you".
Renly: You have to give it to the Lannisters. They may be the most pompous, ponderous cunts the gods have ever suffered to walk the world, but they do have an outrageous amount of money.
- Jaime declares he's willing to go to war with Robert over his sister and snarks that the subsequent ballad can be called "The War for Cersei's Cunt." Coincidentally, this is also the first time Cersei is named on-screen and she is suitably unimpressed.
- Jaime also refers to Grand Maester Pycelle as "that grey, sunken cunt."
- Renly uses it in "The Wolf and the Lion" when discussing the Lannisters with Loras.
- Tyrion in regards to his father in "Fire and Blood".
- Locke uses it to describe Catelyn in "Walk of Punishment".
- Captain Mero asks Daenerys to show her c-word to see if it's worth fighting for. Grey Worm is so offended that he offers to slice his tongue.
- Arya's opinion on the waif girl who attacks her in "High Sparrow".
- Smalljon's eloquent opinion of Roose Bolton.
- Played with in Veronica Mars, episode "Look Who's Stalking":
- 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.
- On one episode of Veep (appropriately titled "C**tgate") Selina spends a whole episode obsessed with finding the staffer who reportedly called her the C word. Turns out, it was everyone. (Except for her personal assistant, Gary, who admits that he called Selina the C-word, but turns out that he thinks that the C-word is "crone".)
- Full Frontal with Samantha Bee uses the "C-Word Privileges" a women host guarantees often.
"If we let this continue, we are. . .a feckless country"
- A segment had Seattle councilwomen who were targeted for denying to give harbor terrain for a new arena being referred as the "Seattle SeaWards" (the blooper reel has one of the woman saying the word out loud).
- Also, one of Hillary Clinton's instructions by PBS before a debate are "don't be c*nty" ("Oh, that's the same thing TBS told me before we taped this one! What is 'canty'?")
- A commercial does a Bait-and-Switch ("Sam, most people think you're unfit to talk about America due to being a C-word. Canadian.").
- One tweet called Samantha a "thunder cunt"... and the show even sells shirts with that written.
- In a Precision F-Strike, Samantha told to Ivanka Trump "do something about your dad's immigration practices, you feckless cunt!" All hell broke loose.
- This was both slyly and pointedly referred to in a recent Late Night With Stephen Colbert sequence in which Colbert blasted the barbaric policy of Border Patrol separating children from their parents.
- In Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Donna scratches "CUN" into Gaz's car as revenge for him having an affair with Janet. Gaz arrives before she can finish the word, and asks what a "cun" is.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia features no less than six uses of cunt in roughly thirty seconds in the episode Hero or Hate Crime. Dee, the sole female of the group, is the only one to find it offensive.
- The Handmaid's Tale has Janine calling Mrs. Putnam a cunt, despite Offred's warnings to Janine not to act up. The offense isn't the word, it's that talking back or disrespecting the Wives can get Janine killed or sent to the Colonies.
- 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 orchardCount 1-2-3Spin that plant aroundYou've got a third world country.
- Third whirled cunt-tree.
- 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 made very liberal use of it in "212" (her breakout hit), and she also uses it with great frequency in the rest of her work. Half of it is an attempt to retake the word (which she has repeatedly stated is her intention), the other half comes from ballroom slang.
- 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.
- 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!"
- Also used in We Like Sportz, again in regards to 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,Asshole, asshole,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 band-aid and "kick its cunt in and watch as it dies from bleeding."
- The unreleased Deadmau5 song Seeya Next Tuesday is this, much like the image above.
- The Doors' "Break on Through" features the lines "I found an island in your arms/Country in your eyes..."
- Canned Heat's Going Up The Country (where the water tastes like wine). Babe, don't you wanna go?
- Bob and Tom's "Camel Toe" never uses any of the vulgar terms, but provides an astoundingly Long List of all the euphemisms for this part of a woman's anatomy.
- Sum 41's song "A.N.I.C.", which stands for "Anna Nicole Is A Cunt." The full title? "Anna Nicole Is A Fucking Stupid Cunt."
- Adam Ant's "Place in the Country"
All I thought I wanted was a front doorAll I thought I wanted was a place in the countryNow I realize I wanted so much moreSome I love but you I adore
- Tyler The Creator's "She" was notably dense with this epithet, which some found to be very alarming.
- From "Transylvania": "And now the slut is under the fucking assumption / that I will be fucking and munching her muffin / cunt will be bleeding, but that’s not from the time signature of the month."
- Spearmint end the song "Start Again" with this:
And I'm so sorryTo be so bluntBut that boy......is a cunt
- The Toadies song "Velvet" repeats the line "You hurt me, you cunt!" three times in the second chorus and the bridge begins with the word repeated three more times.
- Brutal Death Metal band Skinless has "Cuntaminated", which gets bonus points for Black Comedy Rape and Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male. (to elaborate, it's aboutnote a woman with numerous STDs and generally bad hygiene forcing a man to perform cunnilingus by sitting on his face.
- Against Me! in "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" (which also counts as N-Word Privileges):
You've got no cunt in your strutsYou've got no hips to shake
- K.T. Oslin's "Hey Bobby" opens with the lines "Hey Bobby, would you like to go for a ride/In the country with me?". Actually she uses the term throughout the entire song.
- Halestorm's "You Call Me a Bitch Like It's a Bad Thing" is a Cluster F-Bomb (besides two variations of the title line, the refrain includes an S-bomb), but still uses this to avoid the actual word. Instead, the first stanza ends with:
But you call me up and have the nerve to say
"See you next Tuesday"
- The Pretty Reckless in "Miss Nothing," where lead singer Taylor Momsen makes it easy to misconstrue her phrase using the word as "misconstrued" :
Miss cunt strewed
- No doubt there has been any number of country matters spoken of in newspapers and magazines, but this one stands out by virtue of the personalities involved. In April 2011, Vanity Fair published an absolutely scathing review of the Paris bistro L'Ami Louis, by restaurant critic A.A. Gill. In the June issue, VF's "Letters" column printed an irate missive from a married couple, "R.J. Wagner and Jill St. John Wagner" of Los Angeles, CA, excoriating Gill for his negative review and saying that he was "truly a c-u-next-Tuesday" (making this example something of an aversion).
- '''C'''hicks '''U'''sing '''N'''asty '''T'''ricks, a tag team from WSU. You can also exchange T for tactics or any other ways around it up to and including yes, C U Next Tuesday. Annie Social has no problem with "nasty tricks" because she admits she and Kimber Lee do use them but also reminds people WSU stands for "Women Superstars Uncensored" and so welcomes anyone who really thinks they are cunts to just come out and say it.
- In Progress Wrestling The most common chant Jimmy Havoc gets is "Jimmy Jimmy you're a cunt, Jimmy you're a cunt". Paul Robinson also gets this chant but Jimmy is replaced with Robbo
- Becky Lynch called Alexa Bliss this subtly on Talking Smack.
- British stand-up ensemble sketch shows delight in getting this sort of crap past the radar. Even back in the 1950's Spike Milligan slipped this into The Goon Show:
Ned Seagoon: I'm a country member.
Willium: Oh yes. I remember.
- Word-play show Just a Minute once saw Kenneth Williams go off on a long rant aimed at the genial National Treasure host, Nicholas Parsons:
They say you're a cult, Nicholas, and oh, yes, I'd agree. you're one of the biggest cults out! You're one of the largest cults to be found anywhere!
- More recently, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue came up with these alternative derivations of common words:
COUNTRYSIDE: The desire to kill Piers Morgan.
CONTROL: Jeremy Clarkson, Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan...
- Another joke on Clue was about a photo of the coalition government leadership of the time: Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron standing with Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, or as Jack Dee put it 'a conservative with a little c'.
- The language in Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall is as crude as you would want a soldier's memoir to be. What is surprising is that when Milligan's reading of the book is broadcast on the BBC it is edited but uncensored and the C word is left in (at least in April 2018 on BBC 4 Extra).
- 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.
- On Complaints and Grievances, he jokes, "Do you know why weathervanes have cocks on them? Because if it was a cunt, the wind would blow right through it!"
- 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.
Heckler: You did not just call me a c-word!
- A (scripted) stand-up scene in an episode of Louie has him dealing with a female heckler by using it, though.
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.
- Steve Byrne does a routine where he claims that "the c-word" is not the most offensive word to women now; ma'am (a shortened term for Madame used in the South) is. Then, when he describes one woman getting offended at him calling her ma'am, he concludes by telling her not to be such a cunt about it.
- 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.
- 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 with a great exclamation of "Fuck you, God! In the cunt!"
- In Road, Skin Lad knows there's about to be a fight when the skinheads start calling him 'cunty'.
- 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.
- The Boys In The Band. It becomes a Running Gag.
Michael: Sunt! That's French, with a cedilla.
Michael: Donald, you are a real card-carrying cunt!note
- 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, it's 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.
- And let's not forget this from Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories: Citizens United Negating Technology for Life and People's Safety.
- Trevor Philips of Grand Theft Auto V prefers to eschew the subtlety of the previous examples.
Argh, fucking shit! Cunt! Cunt! Cunt! Cunt! Urg, cunt!
- Rockstar Games' own Red Dead Redemption uses the word three times, two of which are in fairly quick succession.
Irish: What's the word for 'cunt' in Spanish?
- 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:
Varric: So I told him, 'This is a kingdom, which makes you a king. But it's also a country.' What can I say, I like my interrogations to be a two-way street.
- In Payday 2, Jimmy uses the word very frequently.
Jimmy: KILLED THE FUCKING COWARD CUNT SNIPER!
- In [PROTOTYPE 2], 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.
- In Siren 2, there is the strategy puzzle game Kunitoris, or Country Tetris. Given the naming convention of Tetris spinoffs, like Hatris and Welltris...
- The 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. has the announcer pronounce the name Duck Hunt veeery slowly and with careful enunciation in order to avert this trope.
- It's not quite careful enough, though. The drawing-out of the syllables makes it sound more like he's yelling "DUH KHUNT".
- In the Pokémon games starting from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the player was allowed to create phrases inside the game using a library of pre-provided words, which included the names of pokemon and attacks. Upon the transition to Heart Gold and Soul Silver, the prefab wordlist had the word Snatch (referring to that Dark-type attack that lets you steal an opponent's buffing moves and use them yourself) removed, as it was found that players with female player characters would use that word rudely when making slogans and catchphrases. And yet, in Pokémon X and Y, if you give your female character a name that starts with the letter C, your friends start giving you nickname options like Lady C, Li'l C, and C-kins. Someone at Nintendo dropped the ball to let your friendly rivals call your protag a cunt with regularity.
- In New Danganronpa V 3, Miu Iruma, a girl with a penchant for profanity and giving people nicknames, once calls Tenko Chabashira, the Ultimate Aikido Master, "Cunt Fu" in the localization.
- C Students played with this trope. This was played straight, then lampshaded, and then averted in the most glorious way possible.
Penny: Why are you so obsessed with that girl? She's a total C-U-N-T.
Kevin: *mutters under his breath while counting on his fingers* c...u...n...OH, what is with Americans being allergic to that word? If someone's a cunt, just call them a cunt! *beat* A-and no, she's not a cunt!
- In Camp Camp, Neil calls the Flower Scouts "ignorant fucking cunts" when he learns that they're blatantly sexist (they kicked Nikki out for being too much of a tomboy and believe that men should be tough and rugged).
- In Swordcat Princess, Arayna uses the C-word after after "racist" as she grumbles epithets at her sister Kathryn for making her retract her vampire wings. Kathryn returns the favor upon recognizing Arayna's voice under the mask that "disguises" her as one of the bad guys.
- A Something*Positive strip had this as the next-to-last line of hostility Mike crosses with regards to PeeJee. He even stammers when he says it. The last line? Physical threats. Which of course results in pain from her many friends.
- Hunter Ravenwood of Suicide for Hire freely drops a Cluster F-Bomb just about every other strip, but only drops the C-bomb for emphasis, e.g. when "encouraging" (at gunpoint) a group protesting against gay marriage to disperse.
- A near use of it occurs in Gunnerkrigg Court by a schoolmate of Annie's mother in a flashback, before he gets punched out by Eglamore.
- Blade Bunny expresses a hope that Bunny will get her Money, then giggles and tries to work out other words that rhyme with Bunny. One starts with C and leaves her laughing helplessly. See "Coney" in Real Life examples below.
- Jessica to Carrie in this strip of Loserz.
- Penelope in this strip of Questionable Content.
- At ome point in the surrealist comic 5ideways, Emerald is testing out their surroundings. "Hm. Biting into an apple results in a rain of cunts. Hardly useful."
- The Oatmeal has this.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal managed to provide the image for Spoonerism by having a pet-store employee attempt calling a puppy for sale a "capable runt", and failing... badly.
- A Straw Loser "carnist" in the infamous webcomic Vegan Artbook is called "Cuntons". Seriously.
- Said character is a Take That! at someone whom Yerdian doesn't like, and her name is a deliberate combination of said individual's surname with "cunt."
- The Au Z Zie Gamer often calls the guards in Hitman and Splinter Cell: Conviction this.
- In Suave's review of Love Hina, Again?!, Naru is trying to think why the events of the OVA are happening.
Suave: Because you are a cunt. (Calmly drinks martini)
- In PARTY.MOV, Pinkie Pie wears a shirt with the word cunt clearly written on it.
- As per current Australian language customs, Mr Doodleburger uses the word in nearly every line in several of his Gag Dub videos.
- In the second "Vader vs Hitler" installment of Epic Rap Battles of History, Darth Vader never attempts to use the word; he even pauses while rapping to find other words with similar rhyme.
Vader: I'm a certified Sith Lord, you runt! So suck on deez—!
Stormtrooper: (comes in) Uh... deez what, sir?
Vader: Deez robot nuts!
- Meanwhile, in the third installment, Hitler didn't hesitate to say "Screw you, you big black cunt!" to Vader right at the beginning of his rap.
- In several episodes of Point vs. Point, Gareth (who constantly spouts ignorant right-wing rhetoric) becomes so enraged by Barack Obama's daughter Malia that he calls her a cunt, for which he is always instantly reprimanded by Evan.
- Used in Dragon Ball Z Abridged episode 39 by Vegeta to Android 18. The others' faces express pure shock, and what follows is 18 giving a Curb-Stomp Battle to the Saiyan Prince that nobody was in any hurry to interrupt.
- Used in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged
- When asked what it is like to sell out everyone he knew for his own sake, the captain who secured Rip's carrier admitted to feeling like one of these. Rip Van Winkle proceeds to check his privilege.
- Zorin screams the word while Seras was gunning down her zeppelin, and for dispelling her illusion.
- "You Cunt Touch This."
- A young Seras tells the orphanage head where she'd like to stab his mother. And when telling him that she'd rather have his mother's than being adopted.
- Anderson calls Maxwell this when asked to explain why he's leaving him to die, and also when telling Heinkel to ignore Maxwell's orders. Heinkel gets back by using his own words when she and the Iscariot support him against Alucard's legions.
- James Carlson has used the word multiple times throughout his reviews, including one in his Demon Knight review aimed at Youtube for Copyright Claims for one of his reviews (Though he didn't actually say it, it was an end credit note), then there was the time in his "Double Switch" review where he couldn't give credit to Spencer Pratt and Hedi Montag, who he referred to as "Famewhore cunts". Then there's a more straight and harsher example during his No One Lives review.
Flynn: (Responding to Heather saying he killed the one good person) Yeah, well, what does that make you?
James: A cunt. (Just simply stares into the camera)
- Very much averted with Game Grumps, seen as Jon drops it in the first few minutes of the first episode.
- Whenever Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation brings up his contract, it is represented by the Escapist logo holding up a piece of paper reading "Contract: say 'cunt' a lot." A Cluster C-Bomb usually follows.
- SF Debris thoroughly avoids using this word, the only time he censors his profanity.
[describing Dr. Pulaski] You're a complete cun-temptable person!
- In Doug Walker's Adventure Time vlogs, his friend Jori got called it for her hatred of a character, and he and Jason alluded to it afterwards (with Jori banned from being on-screen)
Jason: Careful, you may be called the c-word.
Doug: (laughs) Nice. (big "innocent" smile) I may be called candy! That's a c-word, right?
Jason: (beleaguered) Yes. Yes. Good Doug.
- Of all the swearing in the Acquisitions Incorporated podcasts, only a single instance required a censorship bleep. This trope in action.
- A Couple Of Cunts In The Countryside, obviously.
- Froge from Froghand, despite supposedly being Canadian, a place where "cunt" is still a foul word, isn't afraid to use the word whenever he pleases, such as in the "Secure Comms for the Cool Cunny" article:
So don't ironically text your friend porn of an underaged cat (there's a sentence that lawyers aren't prepared to deal with), because your friend is probably a leaky cunt (and not the good kind of leaky cunt, I can't believe it's not an underaged cat!)
- 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..."
- "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.
- Hillary Clinton refers Gerald Brovlovski (skankhunt42) as Mr. Kunt in "Oh, Jeez".
- "Cunt" is among the words Cartman uses during his literal swear-storm in Bigger, Longer, And Uncut.
- 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 the Family Guy special "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story", Quagmire asks Brian about the sign on his new RV:
Brian: "Quagmire's Cross-Country Tour." Uh, isn't there an "o" in "country?"
Woman: Ah, Winston. Drunk again, I see.Churchill: Yeah, well you're a cunt.
- 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":
Brian: We love the work of Allen Funt...Stewie: Or a nicely shaven leg!
- And another from one of the Frank Sinatra episodes:
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. (almost sarcastically) Oh no, cancer!
- "The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou" episode features this exchange:
- 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.
Cheryl: My last name isn't Gimble like on my W-4. It's Tunt.
Archer: Tum again? (beat) What, nothing?
Krieger: Archer won't risk his relationship with Lana for a previous conquest, especially a prostitute. For a man like him, it's all about the hunt.Pam: Well they're all gonna have—Krieger: I said hunt!
- Played with heavily in Season 5, when Cheryl becomes a country music singer. Guess how the cast starts pronouncing it.
- It's subtle, but all the Tunts have first names that start with C: Cheryl, Cecil, Cornelius. All, like, five Cornelii. And Cecil's ship (as well as the two-part episode that features it) is called the "Sea Tunt."
- There's also this exchange in Season 6:
- In the Spongebob Squarepants episode "No Free Rides", SpongeBob tells Mrs. Puff "See you next Tuesday." Though he actually meant it.
- In the Superjail! episode "Stingstress", Lord Stingray at one point remarks about the Mistress "Why, that see you next—".
- Actress Dame Helen Mirren, who is English, experienced the difference between the UK and the US when she was first starting out in Hollywood. "My co-star Roy Scheider was joking around and said something to make me laugh. I did, and the director called Cut! As an amused throwaway, I turned to Roy and said, ’Oh Roy, you cunt!' The whole studio froze in horror.”
- 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.
- "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.
- 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 the same vein, "tidbit" used to be spelled and pronounced "titbit".)
- 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. Scunthorpe was the Trope Namer for malfunctioning censor software - see the Scunthorpe Problem.
- 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. Why exactly this is unclear, as the phrase literally means "cow cunt" (牛 means "cow" or "cattle").
- 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 reproductive 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 conversation, it is used quite a lot in informal talks.
- Confusingly to native-English speakers, there's also the Dutch word kont, which sounds even more like the infamous English C-word - but kont but refers to a different part of anatomy, that both men and women have: it is just a fairly mild word for a person's behind, comparatively even milder than "ass" in English - mostly akin to "butt".
- German has two rough equivalents: "Möse", which is rude, and "Fotze", which is a thermonuclear bomb. Except, amusingly, in Bavarian dialect where it means "mouth". Never got diluted by swearing use since, as you know, Germans swear "Scheiße".
- In Spain and Venezuela, the word "coño" is dropped left and right, and although the literal translation is "cunt" (as in "women's genitalia"), it seems not to be considered as such a horrible thing to say (in fact, it's one of the first swear words young kids learn and use without being punished). 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, I haven't seen you in a long time!"), 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!") or allude to an extremely strong or painful hit ("Me dí un coñazo con la puerta" = "I got hit fucking hard with the door"). On second thought, it would seem that "coño", in Spanish slang, is the equivalent of the English "fuck" (but is actually less vulgar).
- 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 and New Zealanders 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." As an inversion, 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
- Mr. Vincent Caravella of Giantbomb will not be living down his dropping of the C-word for a long time.
- 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". (The seeming lack of logic here is somewhat akin to how "fuck me" can be used to express a positive reaction to something, while the very similar "fuck you" is the opposite). Reversed in Poland, with exactly the same words, where the 'cunt' equivalent is again the worse word, while 'chujowy' (dick-ly) is a mildly offensive negative adjective, while phrases like 'tępy chuj' (dumb dick, literally 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).
- Averted for the French word "con" which usually means dumbass with varying degrees of intensity depending on adjectives used (even Bart Simpson uses it in the dub) . It's not polite but it is far from being the most offensive word as many French-speaking people don't know that it originally is a synonym for vagina (so when it is used in that context, it actually has the vulgar connotations of its English use).
- 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."
- The phrase has since associated itself with the otherwise squeaky-clean and inoffensive singer James Blunt. James apparently winces but takes it philosophically.
- 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. 
- A still-common Western Australian urban legend claims that Curtin University of Technology was originally going to be called "Curtin University of New Technology". Given that its pre-university name was the Western Australian Institute of Technology, Fun with Acronyms was already something of a habit.
- 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."
- Association football (soccer) example: John Terry's much-publicized racism scandal involves him telling Anton Ferdinand (one of the opposing players) that the latter is a "f***ing black c***t".
- As of 2014, "cuntish, cunty, cunted, and cunting" have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. See Jezebel's article about it here.
- Larry Flynn once learned the hard way that you can't call Sandra Day O'Connor a cunt in the presence of the whole SCOTUS and not get charged with contempt of court (bad enough that he had already just called the other eight SCOTUS judges "assholes" in the same breath).
- Chinese scientists wrote a paper detailing their work with copper nanotubes which abbreviate to the chemical symbol for copper - Cu and Nano Tubes. The paper itself with its plethora of abbreviations is here
- Amy Adams had to do a lot of cursing during on scene of The Fighter. She ran out of words, and David O Russell was off camera throwing potential swears at her. Amy says that the C-word was the only one she refused to use.
- When it came to designing coffee mugs for the University of North Texas, let's just say they really didn't think it through.