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.

1 comment:

  1. People my age (early 20s) tend to use the word frequently e.g. "What'sup bitches?" without offensive intentions.
    Also, during a football match, I expected a fight when someone said "Stop whining like a bitch" to my fallen teammate, but it seemed like I was the only one disturbed by the comment. This was in the US, and the players were from about 4 continents.