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One of those words that seems to have entered the casual [vocabulary] of a surprising number of [English] people without having passed through the exit filters of the [mainstream media], [twunt] is a term of abuse born out of an unholy merger of the words [twat] and [cunt].

A source on [UrbanDictionary.com] suggests that this word was invented in the year 2000 by [Chris Morris], for the [Channel Four] TV series [Jam]. I, however, have privileged inside information on this topic, having independently invented and defined this word in the summer of 1998 during a particularly hilarious and stoned evening with my housemates. Obviously, from its humble beginnings my beloved original [swear word] crept slowly outwards through friends, then friends of friends, then friends of friends of friends, until some [twunt] nicked it for his until-then-idea-free comedy series.

However, in the way of these things, the original [definition] has not survived, which lends support to the idea of re-invention. Obviously, [twunt] was a word so choice that it was simply waiting to happen, floating around in the ether waiting for minds to fall into, or out of. That summer, I had defined [twunt] as a particularly horrible, not to mention physically impossible [sexual act] which I will refrain from describing here. However, since then it has come to take on a simpler and less tightly-defined meaning. I can do no better than quote this passage from the [BBC] [h2g2] pages:

"To tie down a strict definition of 'Twunt' is difficult. The optimist will look at a glass and say it's half full; the pessimist will say it's half empty; the [twunt] will wander past obliviously, knock the glass over and then say that you shouldn't have left it there in the first place. Twunts aren't necessarily [stupid], but they often take pride in their [ignorance]. They aren't necessarily [nasty], just painfully [unaware] of their environment. A [sage] once said 'Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men'. Twunts love the rules and the [status quo], and a classic twunt trait is to argue 'But that's how we've always done it' in the face of any change."

Alternative definitions or [nuance]s abound, and you can easily find many of these through [Google]. For my part, I am reconciled to the idea that [twunt|my baby] is all growed up and is no longer the same beautiful child that once I shaped; I may not like the crude adult [twunt|she] is becoming, but I must respect her freedom. However, when I hear people use the word in conversation with me, thinking they are being all 'hip' and 'trendy' because they have their ear to the pop-cultural ground, I only have one thing to say.

GO [no, I'm still not telling you what that means|TWUNT YOURSELF].


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