Reflecting different national usages , cunt is described as a "usually disparaging and obscene" term for a woman  or an "offensive way to refer to a woman" in the United States  by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but "an unpleasant or stupid person" in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary , and "a contemptible person"  in the Macquarie Dictionary of Australian English. In Australia and New Zealand, it can also be used as a neutral or, when used with a positive qualifier e. 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. Use of the word as a term of abuse is relatively recent, dating from the late nineteenth century.
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