Lipgoss: Rihanna Astonished to Discover the C-Word is Offensive

04/10/2011 23:55 BST | Updated 04/12/2011 10:12 GMT

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Reasons not to be famous #1345: Nobody will tell you when you're behaving like an ass.

A lesson beautifully illustrated by Rihanna in the November issue of British Vogue, in whose glossy pages the singer reveals both airbrushed clavicles and a fondness for the word 'c-nt'. Not a bad choice for your favourite expletive, but there was one problem: she had no idea it was offensive. And therefore bandied it about with astonishing regularity, very possibly in friendly exchanges with influential A&R men and 12-year-old fans. "I was saying it like it was nothing, like, 'Hey, cunt' until my make-up artist finally had to tell me to stop. I just never knew," she muses.

Go, random make-up artist! Why the hell hadn't someone else said something sooner? Probably because forthrightness isn't in the job description for "fawning sycophant". (This also explains: Charlie Sheen's credit card bill, Kanye West's new fashion line and Kasabian's choice of album titles.)

To be fair to Ri-Ri, she does explain that the word doesn't have quite the same impact in her native Barbados: "That word is so offensive to everyone in the world except for Bajans. You know African-Americans use the n-word to their brothers? Well, that's the way we use the c-word."

Anyway, we hope Rihanna hasn't totally given up on the c-word now she knows it's a bit naughty. Perhaps it's even added a bit of spark and danger to the word, a bit like how Hugh Grant only became properly sexy after this mugshot.

Enjoying thinking about sweary celebs? Let's revisit this Channel 4 advert where celebs share their favourite expletive. Let's just say Rihanna has more in common with Derren Brown and Graham Norton than she imagined.

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Vintage Hendricks

If, like the rest of the universe, you fancy Christina Hendricks, you'll be

delighted to learn that the good old Daily Mail have put reporters to good use this week, and unearthed this fabulous archive advert starring 1997-vintage Christina Hendricks and a less-grey Pierce Brosnan.