The meaning of the word ''b***h''

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09 May 2012, 6:42 am

We really need to start using german insults more often. pigdog



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09 May 2012, 6:48 am

The Meredith Brooks song "B**ch" is quite the strange song, lexian.
Seems to be quite interchanging as a person if this were actually a person.


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09 May 2012, 6:53 am

If you call a woman a b***h, it qualifies as an insult.

If you call a female dog a b***h, it doesn't qualify as an insult.


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09 May 2012, 7:09 am

In regards to edgewaters post I think it's worthwhile to note that B****is used when a woman is perceived as being unreasonable and a lot of times that's just being assertive.
My favorite just for funsies definition is
being
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total
control of
herself


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09 May 2012, 7:46 am

Me, I'm the meaning of b***h :twisted:

It's also an acronym for Babe In Total Control of Herself (above poster already mentioned it :lol:)



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09 May 2012, 8:09 am

MXH wrote:
We really need to start using german insults more often. pigdog


:lol: Welsh is way better for insults as a good number of them are agricultural in reference.
The Welsh word ci (dog) as an insult used to refer to a woman as being a 'slapper' or ugly but over time its now refers to men has beeing a letch or sexually aggressive.

Oh there gast (b***h) and sguthan which is literally translated as wood pigeon but is means horrible woman.
Plus there's cont caseg which means loose woman there's no way am giving the literally translation of that phrase now! :lol:


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09 May 2012, 9:28 am

It's the term used for a female dog, just as hen is a female chicken, or queen a female cat.


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09 May 2012, 9:31 am

persian85033 wrote:
It's the term used for a female dog, just as hen is a female chicken, or queen a female cat.


That doesn't reflect common modern usage though.


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09 May 2012, 9:54 am

I have never heard an Aussie or a Kiwi use that word except for when it was intented as an insult in the entire time that I have lived here.

Many don't know this, but the word became popular as an term and insult back in the days of slavery. Black, native or mixed women were often referred to as a b**** by the owner or the overseer, because they were though of as no more than dogs and only good for f*****g or breeding. It was a very derogatory racist and sexist term.

That happened in both english speaking countries where there was slavery and spanish speaking countries, hence why the term b**** and puta are such common insults in each language, especially on the american continent. It is not a concindence that all 3 phrases son of a b****, hijo de puta and filha da puta are all so similar.


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09 May 2012, 9:56 am

persian85033 wrote:
It's the term used for a female dog, just as hen is a female chicken, or queen a female cat.


That's like saying a "f*gg*t" is a "bundle of sticks."



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09 May 2012, 1:24 pm

Actually it is. I think fa***t was all those sticks and things they put around your feet when you were tied and were going to be burned at the stake.


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09 May 2012, 1:38 pm

persian85033 wrote:
Actually it is. I think fa***t was all those sticks and things they put around your feet when you were tied and were going to be burned at the stake.


That is factually true, but in modern American usage, it is more often used as a pejorative term for a gay man.

It is dangerous to know the dictionary definitions of words but not how they are actually used in modern context; can lead to misunderstandings and awkward situations.



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09 May 2012, 1:41 pm

DogsWithoutHorses wrote:
persian85033 wrote:
It's the term used for a female dog, just as hen is a female chicken, or queen a female cat.


That doesn't reflect common modern usage though.


Still used as technical jargon by dog breeders, but you're right, nobody else uses it that way.

As I mentioned in my post I know a couple who are dog breeders, and it's quite shocking sometimes to hear them use it. "There's something wrong with that b***h," "we want to breed this b***h" etc 8O



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09 May 2012, 2:32 pm

I don't know how the term b***h is used in other countries, but in the U.S. it's usually used as an insult. Here it's usually used to refer to a woman who's a slut, a prostitute, a nag, an a**hole, or a woman who you just hate in general. Once in a while a woman will say something like "hey b***h" as a greeting to one of their close friends if they're just messing with them, but it's not a very good idea to greet people this way unless you know for certain that they're okay with it. I get the impression that guy who asked "where's your b***h" on the phone is a guy who lacks respect for women and sees them as being only sex toys.



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09 May 2012, 2:46 pm

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I don't know how the term b***h is used in other countries, but in the U.S. it's usually used as an insult. Here it's usually used to refer to a woman who's a slut, a prostitute, a nag, an a**hole, or a woman who you just hate in general. Once in a while a woman will say something like "hey b***h" as a greeting to one of their close friends if they're just messing with them, but it's not a very good idea to greet people this way unless you know for certain that they're okay with it. I get the impression that guy who asked "where's your b***h" on the phone is a guy who lacks respect for women and sees them as being only sex toys.

I may certainly hope not, because he's getting married to a woman who now lives in China. I'd definetely dislike the idea of a husband seeing me as not much more than a sex toy.