Publication details [#64577]

Dewaele, Jean-Marc. 2018. “Cunt”: On the perception and handling of verbal dynamite by L1 and LX users of English. Multilingua 37 (1) : 53–82.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


“Cunt” is nowadays one of the most insulting words in English and is generally censored in the English media and press. This paper explores discrepancies between 1159 first (L1) and 1165 foreign (LX) English in their perceived grasp of the word, its perceived offensiveness and their self-reported frequency of use. It also examines the links between the dependent variables and some psychological, sociobiographical and linguistic profile variables.