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Fu*k! C*nt! Twa*! Why are some words so offensive?

Words are essentially sounds on a frequency, only given meaning through the concept of language – So why do people get so offended by the use of some of them? Dom Kureen investigates.

*WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MANY WORDS THAT MAY BE DEEMED OFFENSIVE BY READERS.

Swear

CUNT. 

It would be almost impossible to explain to a non-English speaker why the word carried such weight and offends so many.

Referring to either female genitalia or a derogatory term for a person, where the ‘c’ word differs from a myriad of others is in its general offensiveness regardless of context.

To use ‘fuck’ as an example: “Fuck yeah!” can carry positive connotations as an expression of unadulterated joy, whereas “fuck you!” is more likely fighting talk.

Take a trip to the other side of the globe and ‘cunt’ is generally deemed far less objectionable, in fact “throw us a beer ya cunt” can even be assumed Aussie endearment at a stretch.

How will language evolve further? Where ‘shit’ was once the height of rudeness, it now packs the punch of a moribund goldfish.

Fuck!

Still, some parents appear keen to protect their young’uns from verbal vulgarity, often whilst dressing them in attire that wouldn’t look out of place in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, or fuelling their bodies with junk food and toxic preservatives.

Words have a more immediate impact though, and once they’ve spilled from lips can’t be undone.

Human beings have the power to create a proverbial hell on earth for other members of the species, sometimes with actions and often with vitriolic vernacular.

The reason ‘cunt’ and ‘twat’ offend so freely is for what they imply rather than their actual composition.

There are obviously words tainted with racial stigma that unsettle in a profound manner, yet even they appear to have a diminished status in modern times, with words such as ‘nigger’ or ‘nigga’ now commonplace in society.

That also raises the issue of different rules applying to different ethnicities; an African-American person referring to another as ‘nigger’ appears generally less offensive than a Caucasian using the term, probably due to the implications of slavery attached to the latter.

Other racially sensitive terms include ‘Paki’, ‘Yid’, ‘Yerd’ and ‘Uncle Tom’, all of which can periodically be identified as endearment when used in a non-defamatory context.

Most children are told not to use certain turns of phrase, inevitably curiosity leads to a liberal sprinkling of the perceived profanity further down the line, with adolescents rebelling against statutes that seemingly asphyxiate their youthful free will.

Political correctness is in vogue, people petrified to use the word ‘black’ or attempt to pronounce the nation of Niger in conversation, but will this fear of the abhorrent taint ever bare witness to a wiping clean of the slate?

Will ‘cunt’ become the new ‘crud’ and dwindle into the trifling bi-product of white noise that punctuates every day chit-chat?

Children

It doesn’t really matter that much, certain people will always be offended by particular sounds and will transmit their jitters to their children – and so an unceasing cycle promotes the fruits of its labours.

Likewise, newer jargon will continue to evolve apace, and although the undertones of racist diatribe may never become fully accepted (and rightly so), the poisonous identity of the past is likely to subside further over time.

If you read this article and are offended the liberal use of what are often unspeakably offensive words then that’s understandable, but these are just words, taken out of malicious context they are effectively impotent.

Inevitably those final sentiments propose wishful thinking; so ingrained in our psyche are the values of specific units of speech that the mere notion of them is often enough to unnerve ladies and gentlemen of all races, ages, shapes and sizes – proof perhaps, if needed, that the English language retains potency…

But only if we allow it to.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Gurning twat shoots animals for sport

He had wanted to shoot an elephant, but couldn’t find one large enough to satisfy his blood lust. Walter James Palmer didn’t let that stop him though, making do with the consolation of firing arrows into a lion named Cecil, who had previously been a popular member of a Zimbabwean national park.

Kureen sources have discovered that Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, paid somewhere between $55,000 and $70,000 to shoot the large cat, who had become notorious for his affable nature and relish of human contact.

In an attempt to sidestep the law, Dr. Palmer hurried through some seriously sketchy hunting permits in exchange for the sizeable outlay upon arrival in Africa, securing the services of a team of trained hunters who agreed to lure the animal half a mile from the park using bait, initially wounding it and returning a day later to finish the job during a pursuit that lasted for around 40 hours.

Palmer pleaded ignorance when questioned on the subject of his unlawful killing during an interview with a Colorado based news agency;

“In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly conducted.

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favourite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.

“I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”

Palmer and co. contravened park regulations on at least two counts; animals cannot be killed within a five mile radius of the park and may not have their collar (usually fitted with a microchip) removed – The hunters had removed his collar to prevent tracking of their cherished game.

Below are some images of Palmer’s previous handy work.

Government approved groups are allowed a limited number of permits each year to hunt individual species, but in certain impoverished nations, where more value is often placed upon monetary gain than the lives of sentient beings, the system is regularly duped.

The reason why bow and arrow killings are so appealing to hunt enthusiasts is two-fold; the stealth of the method allows for less detection, and the arrows themselves are more difficult to trace than a bullet, even then it is difficult to determine that the person in possession of the bow in fact shot the offending arrow.

Ricky Gervais Vs Hunting 

Of course Palmer is not alone here. In one high-profile case earlier this year, a woman named Rebecca Francis uploaded pictures of herself laying next to a dead bull giraffe that she had killed, with her smug conceit and Twitter assertion that she was “grateful to be part of something so good” antagonising a host of social media spectators.

One of those was comedian Ricky Gervais who Tweeted: “What must’ve happened to you in a previous life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie there next to it smiling?”

Francis, like Palmer, pleads her innocence, claiming that the animal was close to death, with the flesh subsequently used to nourish starving locals, and the bones utilised for art work.

Noble indeed, although a series of latterly published photos involving the same woman beaming in the vicinity of various other trophy kills is incongruent with such philanthropic assertions.

What do you make of Walter Palmer’s actions and hunting as a sport in general? Leave us a note in the comment section below.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.