Re: USAGE Re: [CONLANG] Bunty.
|From:||ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Friday, June 20, 2008, 19:48|
And Rosta wrote (re bint)
>Mildly disrespectful rather than very insulting, I'd say. Comparable to
>_fiddle_ versus _violin_. It's a synonym of _woman_, and similar to _wench_
>(in being a synonym of _woman_ with different sociolinguistic value), and
>unlike innumerably many other derogatory words for women that add some
>further element of meaning (sexual laxity, garrulity, irascibility, etc.).
>Actually though, I might be wrong, for upon further introspection I
>conclude that it means 'foreign (nonanglo) woman'; I would never talk about
>a 'Yorkshire bint' or a 'Texas bint', but I would call my missus an 'Eyetie
>bint'. However, neither Dennis the repressed serf nor the OED agree with me
>I'g duess, then, that the word came via military slang, from all those years
in India (Muslim/Urdu speaking areas?) abd/or the mid-east.