Wednesday, 11 January 2012
This is from Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811):
BITCH. A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore, as may be gathered from the regular Billingsgate or St Giles' answer, 'I may be a whore, but can't be a bitch.'
And what I love most about all that is the word doggess.