The C Word – yay or nay?

By Aisling | May 24 2011 | 88 Comments

I’m not sitting on the fence – I HATE the C word.

I cringe when others say it and I don’t think I’ve ever actually used it.  Now this isn’t because I is a laydee or anything like that.  I curse like a trooper to be honest and sometimes every second word out of my mouth seems to be a stronger version of feck.  The only person I didn’t mind saying the C word was Twenty Major (where IS he, why won’t he come back, we miss him so).

Is it the last bastion of curses do you think – one which simply goes too far for you?  Or is it okay, you don’t use it all the time, but when you want to make your point you will goddamn say it?

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88 Replies to "The C Word – yay or nay?"

  • allie12 says:

    Oops first to comment…..I don’t like the word so therefore would not use it. However being origionally from the West of the country, it is a word that is widely used by men there- so much so my fiance thinks it is hilarious when we go down as every one and everything is a little C***!!

  • Acat says:

    I must say I love this word. It wasn’t a big thing when I was growing up and I would often hear adults using it. A shower of c*** is farmiliar phrase! Only when I came to Dublin did I see how much people hated it! I would never use it as a insult to someone but yeah, sometimes some people are just it, nothing more can be said!
    I don’t use it in front of people I don’t know cause some people do find it very offensive. I will use it in front of friends, esp if they freak. The reactions are priceless!
    I don’t see it as degrading to women, no more than calling someone a gee-bag. Or a d*** for a fellow.

  • speccy says:

    I’m like you Aisling, stronger versions of feck are no problem at all (though I do limit my language when the kiddies are about!) but I have real problems with the C word. Just yesterday we were discussing ‘The Slap’ on the blather and many had problems with what we saw as the overuse of this word.

  • Clueless says:

    it is a word which i hate and i think it is a very strong word but i find myself using it on the rare occasion when i just cant find a word strong enough to describe someone who is being absolutely awful!

  • littlesis says:

    I am totally immune to curse words. I think if you grow up around people who use them, they become redundant and have no meaning. therefore, I do use it and otherwords and then I am surprised when people are taken aback! The Slap is shocking, really liked the book and knew people who couldn’t read it because of the language.

  • alchemystee says:

    Deeeeetest it. And over use of vulgar language in general.

    And at the risk of sounding old fashioned, it’s a hundred times worse when a woman says it… I cringe inside

  • Karen says:

    I’m awful, because I love all curse words. Obviously I don’t curse in front of children, but sometimes, cursing is the only thing that works!

    If someone is a c**t then they’re a c**t and no amount of polite language will disguise it!

    Naturally I don’t greet peopel with ‘well hello you almighty c**t’ but I do use it quite frequently.

    Ge*bag is another favourite of mine. I also love male oriented curse words like ‘pri*k’ and ‘di*k’ so I’m not all about the mysogony!

  • BerG says:

    I hate this word also, physicaly cringe when i hear it. Its the worst of the worst. Have never used it and never intend to.

  • Babs says:

    Speccy – I remember reading The Slap in the bath one night and I had to get out to text my sister (who had given me the book) to ask is it used (the c word) through out the whole book! Loved the book but the c word was over used I thought.
    I have a hate relationship with the c word, I never really use it apart from once I can remember when this girl who had been in my circle of friends went mental one night and turned on us all (verbally) calling us all sorts and I stood up and called her “nothing but a C”. The girls were more shocked over me saying C than what the other mad one was on at. Needless to say she is NOT in the circle anymore.
    I use “prick” to describe males only and again not very often. If you hear C or P out of me you know I am really pee’d off :)
    I say worse than feck sometimes, mostly feck, piss, that’s mainly it I think. I used to have a mouth like a sewer but had to reel it in in a wild fashion when I started to work as a Nanny!!! Two year olds saying fuck is not cute, or saying anything really apart from pee, wee, pee-pee (for willy), and my personal favorite one little one calling her front bum her Jenny Jyna :)

  • Boo says:

    Omg I hate this word with a passion I can’t even bring myself to say it !!! N shiver wen other ppl do !!!

  • I use this word when I want maximum effect and for people to know I really mean it hehe Like “she’s a thunderin’ c**t”, I feel great after using it :)

  • Steph says:

    I was on the fence until I heard a history of the word and how it has strangely morphed into this “terrible” word in our language.

    Since then it’s just become a word that got skewed along the way as the English language evolved, no more.

    To say “I HATE the C word” and follow it with “The only person I didn’t mind saying the C word was X” is ridiculous.

  • Emz says:

    Can’t stand this word & never use it – like BerG, I shudder when I hear it so definitely don’t think I could read The Slap.

  • Elly Parker says:

    I use it, because I’d prefer to own the word and make it’s usage less vicious. If you refuse to use words then they hold power over you. It’s the same as African-Americans reclaiming the use of the word n**ger, if it’s a word you use frequently, then it’s less of an insult when you hear it.

  • Kitty In The City says:

    Yep, hate this word too. In Spanish it’s “cono” with a tilda on the N making it “conyo”. *Everyone* uses it, even little kids. As a teacher of 9 yrs olds I did not take kindly to hearing it used in class, the kids coudn’t understand why it bothered me. “But Proffe, everyone says it”. Not in my class they don’t!

  • Fiona says:

    Doesn’t bother me at all. The bf lived in Australia for years and it’s practically vernacular there. Like any expletive, context is anything. I’d say it in conversation with himself, but not with my mam.
    It takes all sorts – I have less issue with THAT word than I do with people using text-speak!

  • ceci says:

    Doesn’t bother me at all I have to say. I would only use it in a jokey way with my friends, I don’t go around calling people it. But if other people use it regularly it really doesn’t affect me.

  • praxis says:

    I hate it and never use it. I think its partly how harsh it sounds, whereas gee bag just makes me laugh like I am 15 again.

  • Princess Lisa says:

    C u next Tuesday is how Charlotte in SATC says it! It’s an awful word…have never used it.

  • Peppermint Patty says:

    Oh, it’s one of my favourite words! It’s almost a pure sound (sounds mad, I know!) The one I can’t stand is g**, I shudder whenever I hear it

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