The earliest known use of the word, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, was as a placename for the London street Gropecunt Lane, c.1230. Use of the word as a term of abuse is relatively recent, dating from the late nineteenth century. The word appears to have not been strongly taboo in the Middle Ages, but became taboo towards the end of the eighteenth century, and was then not generally admissible in print until the latter part of the twentieth century. The term has various derivative senses, including adjective and verb uses. Scholar Germaine Greer argues that cunt "is one of the few remaining words in the English language with a genuine power to shock."
Cunt is the third full-length album by Australiangrindcore band Blood Duster. Despite, or because of, its deliberately vulgar and anti-commercialist title, Cunt proved to be the band's most successful release to that point of their career, earning them high amounts of radio play, especially by Triple J, even though its title did make life difficult for the distributors and it didn't make it into many high street shops for the same reason.
The title was not the only point of controversy about this album. The original cover, an image of a decapitatedFred Durst, drawn by Wes Benscoter, was dismissed by their label, Relapse Records, for fear of getting sued. The Australian release was issued in a plain black cover with the word "cunt" centred and printed in a small font. The cover displayed on the right greatly resembles that of American band Ween's 1994 album Chocolate & Cheese.
Cunt also saw the release of the band's first single, "Pornstorestiffi" in the form of a nu metal parody video played on Channel [V], a channel on which the band was also interviewed.