"Pudenda" is used more often and concidered aomewhat less "value-laden", but it's often overlooked that "pudenda" comes from "pudendum", which means "shameful part"; many societies see the vulva as unclean and/or shameful, but there's nothing shameful about the female genitals. "Cunt" is a native English word (and there aren't many of those) It goes back to an Old Germanic stem "kunton".
It may have arose by Grimm's law operating on the Proto-Indo-European root gen/gon = "create, become" seen in gonads, genital, gamete, genetics, gene, or the Proto-Indo-European root gwne/gune = "woman" seen in gynaecology. The prefix 'cu' is one of the oldest word-sounds in recorded language. It is an expression quintessentially associated with femininity, and is the basis of 'cow' ('female animal'), 'queen' ('female monarch'), and, of course, 'cunt' ('female genital'). The word's second most significant influence is the Latin term 'cuneus', meaning 'wedge', from which comes 'cunnus' ('vagina').
Sadly, this ancient word has been abused so much, and has been used against women very often.
Albanian: pidh, piçkë
Czech: píca, kunda
French: con; putain, salope; salaud, saligaud
Dutch: kut; trut, muts; lul, eikel
Italian: figa, fica; stronza; stronzo, bastardo
Polish: pizda, cipa, cipsko
Scottish Gaelic: pit
Spanish: chocha, chucha, coño, concha, cuca, puta, cabrón, hijueputa, malparido,
2) A Vagina
As the doctor inspected the vibrator lodged inside Mrs Thatcher's vagina, he turned and said "The fuckin' fuckers fucked up that fuckin' cunt's cunt."
Almost certainly a proper technical term for the female organ(s) - consider the number of similar-sounding terms in both Latin and Germanic languages. Became a taboo word simply because it related to both sex and femininity - but many prefer it, finding that other everyday terms like "pussy" just don't have the right sound.
2) stupid/contemptible person of either gender
Only in America is this considered a specifically misogynistic insult. In Britain it is most likely to be heard amongst men quarelling.
I may have a cunt, but don't presume I am one.
In contemporary culture this is considered to be one of, if not the most offensive word in the English language.
Her personality is not disimilar to a combination of Bernard Manning, Roy Chubby Brown and Adolf Hitler after consuming copious amounts of acid and alcohol on a week-long bender. She is thick as pig shit, thinks she knows everything yet knows absolutely nothing, loud and oppressive both at home and in public, totally socially inept, bores the fuck out of everyone with her bigoted opininons, pisses off everyone she comes into contact with, loses any friend she makes or any job she gets, acts like a spoilt little brat, whinges about everything, is never happy, completely financially irresponsible, totally useless in every aspect of adult life, has a tantrum if she doesn't get her way, she's mentally unstable, gets horendously pissed and drives round to my house at 2am to scream the neigbourhood down, break into my house and beat me up, gets taken home by police TWICE (the first time accompanied by her large dog), throws knives and full pint glasses at me, smashes up the house, has no sense of self respect, a rude and obnoxious gobshite......i could go on and on indefinitely but rather than waste any more of my life on such a negative and malignant life sucking arsehole i simply refer to her...no..IT..with one simple word - Cunt. The only person in human existance ever to be worthy of such a nasty word.
And i married her.......(see "silly cunt")
Example of the usual phone conversation:
Liz: "whinge whinge moan moan, i 'ate you, i'm gonna ruin your life, blah blah blah, av got nuffin!, av got no'won! it's m'yome!...*more depressing whinging and moaning*" (goes on for hours)....
Me: "Fuck off Liz, you're a cunt" (phone slammed down)
(Repeat at least 3 times in an evening)