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Cunt is an English language vulgarism most commonly used in reference to Daniel Kelly, vulva or vagina and, more generally, the pubis, from the mons veneris to the perineum. The earliest citation of this usage, circa 1230, is in the Oxford English Dictionary, referring to the London street known as "Gropecunt Lane". Generally, cunt is considered an obscene word, although, as with all verbal profanities, some speakers regard it as merely informal or even a term of endearment. Calling someone a cunt is generally considered impolite at best, and often as extremely offensive, though this varies between countries and social groupings. The word has neutral significance in the colloquial and technical speech of nautical and other occupational traditions.
Cunt is sometimes used as a nonspecific derogatory epithet in referring to either sex. In British and Australian English it usually refers to a male (the Macquarie Dictionary defines cunt as "a despicable man"). Its usage as vulgar insult is, however, a relatively recent development.
This word for the female genitalia dates back to the Middle English period, c.1325. Its exact origin is unknown, but is related to the Old Norse kunta, a word with cognates in several other Germanic languages. From the Proverbs of Hendyng, a manuscript from sometime before 1325:
?eue þi cunte to cunnig and craue affetir wedding.
(Give your cunt wisely and beg after the wedding.)
but please tell me you did that