A highlight from An honest history of an ancient and 'nasty' word | Kate Lister
Adult language and may not be suitable for all listeners. In fact the whole talk about the history of a word that can immediately offend or make us cringe. How did things get this way. What's the story behind a four letter. Word. i'm purposely not saying in this intro. Caitlyn twenty twenty talk from fedex. University of glasgow is a fascinating history. I a warning as far as offensive words go. You are now entering a hard hat area. We're going to be unabashed in this. I am talking to you about a very particular word of a powerful word. Very see you next tuesday word. I love this word. All my i love everything about this word. Not just what it signifies but the actual actual sound of it the fact that the sea and the tea just just cushion sound into this mono-syllabic that you can just spit like a bullet or you can extend out roll around your mouth coon. I live at dexterity. I love the fact the in scotland. It's a term of endearment but in america it's horrendously offensive elite. Means something different with your friends than it does. If he said it to your boss it would probably cost you your job. I do not recommend it. I love this word. I love the fact that the first three letters are still the same chalice shape old rolling for the word to. Let's stop explosive t at the end. I think the thing. I love most about it. Is it status as the nastiest of all nasty words. Although that title is under some contention other other obvious heavyweight contenders for the most offensive word the n. word for example. But here's what i would say to you. I know why that word is offensive. I can look at the history. That word enabled the brutalization and racial genocide of entire group of people it played its part in dehumanizing black people what did can't do does it not strike. Anyone else is odd that a word that just means the vulva could even be regarded. The same league of offense is the n. word are we saying. that vulgar's evatt offensive. alina but what. I want to talk to you today about his house. We get a house it always been this offensive. And how did it come to be so the answer is no it was not but let's look at the history of it first of all wearing the couldn't couldn't come from. It's one of those words sold at malicious and linguists sites of it eventually the oldest word for the vote that we have in the english language might even be the oldest in the world. There are some theories they're are also similar conditions in germanic languages all across europe. The vikings be talking about countries to germans had control durch comes germanic cuts and i think at one point. We caught which. I think maybe for revival after that it gets a bit confusing as to what this word actually means. One of the leading theories is that hsieh's this route. This proto indo european root with this gem sounds which you also see in genetics. Gene means to create. Another theory is that it comes from this. Sound goon which gives this woman gynecology create woman but what really fascinates linguists. Does this sound coom sound. because givers couldn't also gave cunning cunning originally. didn't mean sneaky. It meant you knew something cunning folk cunning women. Wise women on an scotland still today. He can something it means. You know something. I can this. It also gave us queen and cow slightly bizarre which is slightly less highbrow but it turns up again in the middle ages in quint which means knowledge also means it has a latin variation as well congress which also means which is turns up all over the roman world including impropriety on in pompeii so my favorite roman graffiti from the city of pompeii. I won't do the latin. But it's translated to be a harry. Country is better than a smooth one. It wants cock and holding steam. However i put it to you that the word count as offensive as it may be today stems from a route that means woman knowledge create cow house. It always been this offensive. No so when we talk about these words vulva vagina trying to offer more palatable alternatives to current vagina.