No, not that C-word. I guess I should have said C-words as in words that begin with C.

C. This cool character has the capacity to change colors. It can be hard (as in cruel) and it can be soft (like cerulean). It even lends this chameleonish quality to its cousin H so together they can sound hard (as in character), soft (as in cache) and even semi-hard (as in choice). 

Alright, semi-hard is almost certainly not the correct term. It also sounds a bit “dirty” which brings me back to the C-word. THE C-word.

If you don’t know what the C-word is, good for you. Suffice to say that somehow it has become one of the most taboo, shocking words in our language. To me it’s just a word. Admittedly, it fits into the strange category of words called “swear words” (or curse words).

I don’t have a moral issue with using any word, but I know some people do. My reaction to someone having a problem hearing a certain word is usually to think, “Get over it” and “That’s your problem.”

Yet I do find myself reluctant to use the C-word in most circumstances, just because of the weight of that social taboo. Still, it all seems a little funny. If I talk about female genitalia or someone being a dirtbag, aren’t those both comparable to the C-word in sentiment? Yet most people probably wouldn’t cringe hearing those versions. What a crazy distinction!

Choosing a specific c-word as a theme was a challenge, which is why this post is really a cockamamie concoction meant to celebrate this versatile letter.

Ah C, thanks for being U (ninety degrees clockwise).

 


C is for the C-word
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12 thoughts on “C is for the C-word

  • 04-03-2012 at 8:17 am
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    Nice to meet you, and welcome to the Challenge!

    KarenG
    A to Z Challenge Host

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    • 04-03-2012 at 10:19 am
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      You too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  • 04-03-2012 at 12:44 pm
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    Out of all the other swear words the C-word is the one I hate the most I must admit and I cringe at it so kudos for not spelling it out haha

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    • 04-03-2012 at 2:31 pm
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      Yeah, I figured that would be going too far.

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    • 04-03-2012 at 2:31 pm
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      I know! I really like the shape and feel of the word.

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  • 04-03-2012 at 5:02 pm
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    I’m not particularly fond of C-Word, but I don’t hate it either. I always preferred the kinder, gentler T version of that word. 🙂

    Good luck in the Challenge.
    Shannon

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    • 04-03-2012 at 6:15 pm
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      The T version is a good one. I rarely hear that one any more.

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  • 04-05-2012 at 6:08 am
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    I also am loathe to use the c-word. I don’t know why I find it so offensive and shocking, because I drop f-bombs in casual conversations like they’re pronouns. But if I do use the c-word, it’s because someone has really worked hard to earn it.

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    • 04-05-2012 at 2:57 pm
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      I tend to feel no word is inherently bad or wrong, but any word can be used in a bad or wrong way. Yet, I still find myself loathe (good word, btw!) to use the c-word.

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    • 04-05-2012 at 3:21 pm
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      Thank you! It kind of felt like I was going up to the line while trying not to cross it.

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