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Friday, June 10, 2005
The C Word
Like most women, I'm not a fan of the C word. I think we are programed to cringe when hearing it. Yet, women do use it when referring to other women. Is this liberating? I don't know, I just can't do it myself. Not that I don't curse like a sailor, but I still cannot bring myself to use that word in an argument.

I have a girlfriend that randomly uses the word 'twat' in conversation and it makes my eyes go wide, but it also makes me laugh. I guess it's all in how it's used.

I digress. Yesterday, I was walking with a friend on Bleeker Street in the West Village, not too far away from my apartment and this woman walking a little yappy dog rams right into me like she's a lineman from the Packers. My friend gasped and she wasn't even hit. Yet, this Paris Hilton wannabe looked at me like I was the rudest person for being in her way and walking in a straight line. She then calls me the C word in a British accent, which I think was fake. Despite having lived in London for 6 months, I didn't understand her.

I had thought she called me someone's name, like she thought she knew me or something. Not that anyone is really named Colt. So here I am thinking, or she has mistaken me from somebody named Colt and walked into me in confusion. In all sincerity, I respond "Did you say my name?" My friend gasps again and the woman huffs away, her dog squirming in front of her.

My friend who is now laughing goes, "Good come back!" Still clueless, I say "what?" My friend repeats that it was a good response to her calling me the C word. A sea of red filled my eyes and I freak out going, that *bleep* called ME a C---? I almost ran after her.

I calmed down a bit with some Tasty Delight (only 10 calories and it actually tastes good) but the nerve of her! Ramming into me and then calling a stranger that. Some people!

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, June 11, 2005 12:44 PM PDT

Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 7:00 AM PDT

Name: SL

OMG! The effin' nerve of her! That totally ticks me off! I wish I would have been there. I'd have totally told her off!

But *that* word? I just can't even comprehend that *she* bumps into you and calls you that.

I do not know any woman who uses that word.

Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 9:10 AM PDT

Name: kate

i do actually think it can be very empowering- there is a really good book called "cunt" by inga muscio, and it is all about taking the word back and making it something positive. i would recommend it to anyone- everyone i went to college with read it and loved it.

Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 9:21 AM PDT

Name: Tara

Interesting Kate, I'll have to check it out :)

Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 9:22 AM PDT

Name: Tara

SL, where were you when I needed you ;) I so would have told her off too, If I understood what she really had said to me, lol.


Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 9:57 AM PDT

Name: Kahluak

My roommate has that book, displayed in all its glory on the bookshelf in my living room.

Your incident reminds me of my "Go back to China" incident in SoHo with my friend. hahaha

Cate Blanchett said on Inside the Actors Studio that the C word was her fave cuss word. Maybe it's a non-American thing. lol

Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 10:17 AM PDT

Name: marie b.
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i love that word. i truly do.

i use it every day, but only around people i'm comfortable with and who i'm sure don't have issues with it.

then again, i constantly use it on my blog . . so i guess it all depends on how much one cares about offending others that they do or don't know.

Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 7:38 PM PDT

Name: Nicole
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"but the nerve of her! Ramming into me and then calling a stranger that. Some people!"

heh, one of the ways you know that you have ARRIVED in New York City, hahaha.

Seriously though, I would have been completely taken aback in that sort of situation. Most sane people avoid contact with "yappy" dogs at all costs, so why on earth anyone would walk into such a creature on purpose is beyond me. She should have apologized to YOU, of all things, and in an authentic accent at that!

As far as the C-word, it's a complicated issue. It's funny when my friends say it while under the influence, and there have been times when I've been so angry at another woman that I'm afraid the same word has flown out of my own mouth ... but all the same, I don't especially *like* it. It makes me uncomfortable, but I'm thinking of checking out that book suggested a few comments earlier and seeing if I change my mind!

Monday, June 13, 2005 - 9:12 AM PDT

Name: Wes
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I can't stand that word, as a guy it ticks me off to hear other guys say it.

Monday, June 13, 2005 - 9:38 AM PDT

Name: annush
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there is a book called "Cunt" that has a pretty interesting duscussion o the word. you should check it out.
As for Tasty Delite, it's 10 calories PER OUNCE. Trust me... I KNOW!

Monday, June 13, 2005 - 11:51 AM PDT

Name: pia
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crema lite is even better but I think more fattening

Every word loses its meaning after awhile

Monday, June 13, 2005 - 12:03 PM PDT

Name: Tara

I just added the book to my Amazon wish list, since two of you reccomended it, I'll definitely have to check it out some time.

Your right Tasty D is 10 calories "per ounce," still that's pretty good though. It's better than me hitting the Mr. Softee trucks ;)

Friday, June 17, 2005 - 8:16 AM PDT

Name: Audrey

oh, hysterical! Did you call my name! Oh my God! How funny is that.

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