Re: USAGE Re: [CONLANG] Bunty.
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Friday, June 20, 2008, 19:22|
Dennis doesn't nexessarily disagree, either. The "bint" in question
is lobbing Imperial-power-bestowing scimitars. Sounds non-Anglo to
On 6/20/08, And Rosta <and.rosta@...> wrote:
> Michael Poxon, On 21/06/2008 18:50:
>> "Bint" is British English slang (very insulting) for a woman. I
>> regularly use it to a female friend of mine, though in that case, since
>> we are such good friends, it is taken as playful. Not a word to be used
>> lightly with people you don't know, though!
> 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.
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