Monday, August 21, 2006

Whither, Cuneiform?


Not to go down a particular track, 'specially in consideration of the last post, but since we've covered ourselves with Shit, we may as well move onto, into everyone's favorite: Cunt. Obviously - and boringly - offensive to us, the word is thrown around by the Brits and the Micks with less meaning than a 3 penny tip to your local barista. But for us its eh..eh..a big deal, no? Call a girl a cunt and she'll without a doubt want to feed you your balls. Call some guy a cunt - particularly effective when you append with something like "dickless" - only if you're ready to throw down; or feel - because he really is both those things - you won't have to.

Still, why draw a line in the sand on a word that is complimentary at best and of questionable origin at worst. Who knows.

Mathew Hunt, a guy who clearly has smoked the good shit, knows. Matt tracked the word - in his weird and highly subjective (you're clearly into some freaky shit, Matt, but thats fine by me) devotes a good bit of effort tracking the word from Indo-European to Celtic to Dutch. His findings, while questionable scientifically (I just like saying that), offer us a rarified peek into the cu...word.:
The prefix 'cu' is an expression of "quintessential femineity" (Eric Partridge, 1961), confirming 'cunt' as a truly feminine term. The synonymy between 'cu' and femininity was in place even before the development of written language: "in the unwritten prehistoric Indo-European [...] languages 'cu' or 'koo' was a word base expressing 'feminine', 'fecund' and associated notions" (Tony Thorne, 1990). The proto-Indo-European 'cu' is also cognate with other feminine/vaginal terms, such as the Hebrew 'cus'; the Arabic 'cush', 'kush', and 'khunt'; the Nostratic 'kuni' ('woman'); and the Irish 'cuint' ('cunt').

Thus, 'cu' and 'koo', both pronounced 'coo', were ancient monosyllabic sounds implying femininity. 'Coo' and 'cou' are modern slang terms for vagina, based on these ancient sounds. Other vaginal slang words, such as 'cooch', 'coot', 'cooter', 'cooz', 'cooze', 'coozie', 'coozy', 'cookie', 'choochy', 'chocha', 'cootch', and 'coochie snorcher' are extensions of them. 'Coochie snorcher', as in The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could from The Vagina Monologues, is a childish euphemism for 'cunt' that has generated the following elaborate variants:

'hootchy-kootchy'
'hootchie-kootchie'
'hootchie-cootchie'
'hootchy-cootchy'
'hoochie-coochie'
'ootchimagootchi'
'ouchimagooga'.

Cuntinue
There you have it. The cunt unraveled.

Cunt: A Cultural History [MatthewHunt.com]

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:: posted by Chompsky, 2:34 PM

1 Comments:

Thanks for your link. But, what "weird shit" am I into? I'm intrigued!
Blogger Mat, at 10:20 AM  

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