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If one could find a word in the English language to be more strangely and oddly used than bitch please let me know as soon as possible Encompassing meanings that date back from the year 1000 AD it has been used to describe totally unrelated things How did society manage to distort and skew the meaning of a word to change from referring to an animal to demeaning a person It is not very common nowadays to hear someone refer to his cute little female pet as a bitch However this was the original meaning for it Bitch which comes in many different forms bicce bicge bicche bycche biche bych begch bytch bich bikkja has no known origin Following the first millennium farmers and breeders had coined the term to describe all sorts of species including foxes and wolves 1598 Shaks Merry W iii v 11 A blinde bitches Puppies fifteene ith litter Although the term seemed extremely harmless and neutral since the early times bitch had suddenly been used as a term of scorn and contempt geared towards people Dating back to the year 1400 AD Chester Pl Whom calleste thou queine skabde biche people decided to extend the meaning of a subservient animal into any sort of subservient creature- including a woman The funny thing is the antithesis meaning of the word came into existence during the 1960s Following the second wave feminist movement when women were mainly concerned with independence and greater political rights bitch came to mean strong willed and determined If insulting women were not enough men were also added to the list of references by 1500 AD EE Misc He is a schrewed byche In fayth I trow he be a wyche Bitch allows you to dehumanize a person and make them inferior to you Bitch allows you to be condescending to another which is socially accepted and applauded Literature has always had bitch ubiquitously spread throughout its writings
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