I learnt the worlds worst swear word when I was 8 years old.
“You promise that you won’t tell your mother I told you?” My mother’s linguistically generous friend asked me as we walked along by a field of corn at the top of the South Downs.
I shook my head, vigorously.
“It’s cunt.” She said.
I was in awe. It sounded a powerful word, an awesome word. I had to share it with my friends...
And so I did.
The following Monday morning back at school, huddled around a desk I said it out loud.
“Where did you hear that word?” The voice of our teacher roared. I looked up to see a pair of rouging cheeks, bulging eyes and an increasingly frozen body. The end of the world seemed near, although for her or me I wasn't quite sure.
“My mother’s friend told me it.”
And then... more silence.
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