The c-word, 'cunt', is perhaps the most offensive word in the English language, and consequently it has never been researched in depth. What did cunt do wrong? Rawson calls 'cunt' "The most heavily tabooed of all English words". According to Francis Grose's scurrilous definition, it is "a nasty name for a nasty thing" As a noun, 'cunt' has numerous other senses: a woman viewed as a sexual object , sexual intercourse, a foolish person, an infuriating device, an ironically affectionate term of address, the mouth as a sexual organ, the anus as a sexual organ, the buttocks, prostitution, a vein used for drug-injection, a synonym for 'damn', an attractive woman, an object or place, the essence of someone, and a difficult task. It can also be used as an adjective to describe a foolish person , a verb meaning both to physically abuse someone and to call a woman a cunt , and an exclamation to signify frustration.