Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
I believe "cunting" is a British English equivalent to "fucking." I've never heard it used by Americans. I first became aware of it in a passage read to me by my Scottish college roommate (I don't recall the author). It was about playing cricket at a boy's school, and when one of the boys expresses disbelief at the coach's hinting that he's going to cheat, the coach explains that cricket is one of the most noble human pursuits ever devised and concludes by saying, "You're cunting well right I'm going to cheat."
I'm fairly sure that would be from Stephen Fry's first book The Liar http://www.amazon.co.uk/Liar-Stephen...e=UTF8&s=books , he is one of the most visual proponents of the creative use of a broad vocabulary in this country, and that certainly extends to swear words.
I don't think cunting is interchangeable with fucking though; fuck/fucking is a verb that can be used as a noun as in (puts on New York accent) "you dumb fuck", but cunt is the opposite and as far as I know it is never used to imply sexual intercourse. The closest word, in England at least, that cunt resembles is twat as they are both rooted in slang words for vagina, though both are now bog-standard swear words that are, in my eyes at least, gender free and can be used in reference to both males a females. Long ago the word twat began to be used as a verb though, not to mean fuck, but to roughly mean hit or strike, as in: "some cunt put me off my shot at the snooker club last night so I twatted the prick round the fucking head with butt of my cue", or often when describing a sporting moment: "you see Shearers fucking goal last night? I swear to god the cunt twatted it from at least thirty yards, the poor fucker in goal never stood a chance". Occasionaly cunt is used in this way, for instance it would make perfect sense to say "some twat put me off my shot at the snooker club last night so I cunted him round the fucking head with butt of my cue".
Anyway, if I am alone and I have inadvertantly hurt myself as a result of my own stupidity I may utter "wank", "fucking wank", "you fucking cunt" (self referential) "shit" and often "bugger". If I witness some amazing or amazingly stupid event then a slow and measured "Jesus Christ" or "Jesus Fucking Christ" has been known to come forth, and though i like the wonderful Oedipal connotations of Sauce's "Jesus motherfucking Christ" (she wasn't a virgin for long!) i have tried it and found it a bit of a mouthful (the phrase I mean you dirty little bastards). People i don't like are usually "total fucking arseholes" or "complete and utter wankers". I think thats about it, but if I find myself uttering anything else I'll keep you informed.