As we were saying, "son-of-a-bitch" and "asshole" offer piquant alternatives for dissing the (male) jerks in your life. But what do you call the females of the species? There's "bitch," of course (or bee-yotch, if you want to be coy/trendy/censor-dodging), but for pure malevolence and shock value, you just can't beat the C-word.
Sarah Et Cetera takes it from here:
Men spend a lot of time insulting one another by belittling their pensises, and lobbing genital-based insults at one another. But when a man calls a woman a cunt? Oh, he’s in big trouble. Equality, though, involves not a little sexual harassment.
And a little further down (oh, behave):
What’s most interesting is that this word has increased in vulgarity and obscenity ranking over the years, opposite the paths most words follow. It’s known as vulgar since the 15th century, but has only been considered obscene since the 17th.
I've become inured to almost every English-language expletive, but I admit that cunt still shocks and disturbs me. You'd think it would be a more amiable word: it has that guaranteed-for-a-laugh K sound and it sort of resembles cute. But while son-of-a-bitch and asshole can be uttered with near-affection--and "Son-of-a-bitch!" often serves as an expression of mere surprise--cunt carries overtones of misogynistic rage. (Unless I've missed some new slang trend. After all, some girls and women now use ho as a friendly greeting, BFF to BFF.)
Of course, there's also the strictly anatomical, non-accusatory cunt, which is what Sarah Et Cetera is mostly interested in: "an earthy, fast way to refer to a vagina that doesn’t involve a lot of rococo language about petals around a miracle."
Hey, almost anything's better than va-jay-jay.*
(Hat tip: Editrix.)
* Lately, I've been partial to chocha.