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  •  Many euphamisms are innocent (25+ / 0-)

    incorporated into English and become vile or vulgar through some really interesting digressions because English has taken words from every place its ever gone and incorporated them as its own.

    Take for example Pussy, Cunt, Twat and Snatch as common vulgar references to vagina. Why are they vulgar? Sometimes its from their association with another word which in a way unfairly maligns them.

    Why is a vagina considered dirtier than a mouth or a foot which if you think about it both have more germs?
    What is it that gives the Latin form preference?

    Pussy from Tagalog Pu Si (wound).

    Cunt from Latin Cuneus, (wedge) Proto Germanic, "*Kunton",  Old Norse "Kunta" become vulgar from its usage to refer to a certain district in London centered around Grope Cunt lane suggesting the essential vulgarity originates with grope rather than cunt.

    Grope Old English grapian "to feel about (as one blind or in darkness)," originally "lay hold of, seize, touch, attain," related to gripan "grasp at" (see gripe). Figurative sense is from early 14c. Indecent sense (marked as "obsolete" in OED) is from c.1200. Related: Groped; groping. The noun is Old English grap.

    Twat with an English etymology similar to swat, with the sense of to (hit hard).

    Snatch from Old English "snæccan" or Dutch snaken, (to trap)

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 03:53:26 AM PDT

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    •  And subjective (1+ / 0-)
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      I had a female friend who couldn't stand the word pussy as being quite vulgar.  Her preferred term... cunt.  Really?  Really.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 12:39:44 PM PDT

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