LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||22/MAI/2009 1:27 PM|
|Assunto:||Fran to Dale|
I don't lose a great deal of sleep wondering what Paris is going to say. In fact, I haven't even called the bitch in ages.
In prison jargon, a bitch is a sexual object. (Saying "lover" is far too kind.) It's understood that the bitch is completely subservient. From that, clearly the "bitch" as a "gofer" was probably hatched. (If readers do not recognize "gofer", in American slang it is someone who runs errands, who "goes for" things.) My son worked several summers at a University of California summer camp. Don was the camp director, and everyone was crazy about him. They loved to refer to themselves as "Don's bitches". By that they meant that they happily did any chore that he gave them.
In the USA I rarely heard "bitch" applied to dogs unless I was talking to a veterinarian, a dog breeder, etc. The word sounds very coarse to my ears.
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