It is considered one of the most “the most heavily tabooed word of all English words”, although John Ayto, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Slang, says “N” is more taboo.
“…(Blank)a vulgar word for the vulva or vagina and is also used as a term of disparagement. Reflecting different national usages, (Blank)is described as “an unpleasant or stupid person” in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, whereas Merriam-Webster states that it is a “usually disparaging and obscene” term for a woman or an “offensive way to refer to a woman” in the United States. The Macquarie Dictionary of Australian English gives “a contemptible person”. In Britain, New Zealand, and Australia, it can also be used as a neutral or, when used with a positive qualifier (good, funny, clever, etc.), positive way of referring to a person.
The earliest known use of the word, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, was as part of a placename of a London street, Gropecunt Lane, c. 1230. Use of the word as a term of abuse is relatively recent, dating from the late nineteenth century. The word appears not to have been taboo in the Middle Ages, but became taboo towards the end of the eighteenth century, and was then not generally admissible in print until the latter part of the twentieth century. The term has various derivative senses, including adjective and verb uses. Feminist writer and English professor Germaine Greer argues that (Blank) “is one of the few remaining words in the English language with a genuine power to shock.”…”
Rush Limbaugh defines it as defining deviancy down. Aside from the improper use of a dangling participle, he is correct. I gather I ma be one of the few individuals remaining, who are offended at such a word, used in polite company. The problem for me is that someone needs to be out there, being offended, rather like the dying canary in a mine, a harbinger of societal decay. It is a reflection of societal decay. There are words I don’t want to hear used in public and think that the use of them around children is tantamount to the corruption of a minor.
Unfortunately, something else is going on here. Remember back a year or so when one of the Obama daughters was basically busted by the paparazzi for doing what the average spoiled brat rich kid does when they are finally ‘on their own’. The media went insane to protect her. Fast forward a year or so. A truly repulsive Canadian immigrant used truly repulsive language and terms to describe the daughter of another POTUS. Because the media does not like this man, it is perfectly acceptable to denigrate his daughter.
The person who is being hailed by some as courageous, perhaps, like a small and naughty child, should be ignored. She is behaving the way she is, simply for attention to revive a nearly dead career. What is more alarming is if she is using that sort of language, is that how she sees herself. Is that how she no longer values herself? Is that how she and feminists like her see themselves – as women, nothing but a body part to be raped and abused?
I cannot imagine anyone using the “N” word. It degrades an entire race of people. The word this comedian used is nearly as offensive. It denigrates an entire gender. I guess that doesn’t matter when it comes to trying to destroy Donald Trump.