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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 >on this. >
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.


R A Brown <ray@...>