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Why is everyone suddenly using the C-word? | Stan Carey

From viral videos about Tommy Robinson to Game of Thrones, there are signs the taboo is lessening – for some
Sandor Clegane, a prolific user of the profane in Game of Thrones. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO

A journalist from Canada recently shared a video on Twitter in which she asked people in Manchester their opinion of Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon). Two young people – one male, one female – replied immediately with the word “cunt”. The journalist was taken aback, and the video quickly racked up retweets and comments. So what’s going on here? Is the status of this notorious word changing?

Swearing is power language, a parallel remain popular (jeepers, cripes, gosh).

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