vic_vega66 (vic_vega66) wrote in linguaphiles,

Use of epithets

I have a long running discussion with a friend of mine, a History teacher at a large secondary school about the use of epithets.

The conversation came round to the use of the word, 'cunt' and it's origins and uses.

I had a friend who was from London who peppered his speech with, 'fa'kin Kant' (rhymes with chant) which somehow made it less offensive than when prononced with a C.

Is there any linguistic explanation as to why it's such an offensive word to use? Is it the 'un' sound in the middle or the way it's prononced? Or is it just the word?

Thanks in advance.
Tags: language origins

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