b-hebrew digest: September 27, 1999

Will Wagers hyle at airmail.net
Tue Sep 28 19:58:30 EDT 1999


Bill Rea writes:

>Will Wagers wrote:-
>
> >How about *bitch* as used in the vernacular of young Afro-Americans?
>
>In this country "bitch" is used to denote a women who is a trouble maker,
>difficult to get along with, and the like. This doesn't reflect the
>meaning in Judges. There are various crude terms which probably would
>be better, but we should not use one which in anyway expresses the
>idea that the victims are in some ways themselves immoral.

Here,  Afro-Americans use this apparently derogatory word as a common
term for *woman* or *girl*. They call male friends--*dogs*. So, I don't
think your analysis applies.


Will Wagers	hyle at airmail.net	     "Reality is the best metaphor."



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