vocative "bitch"

Prof. R. Sussex sussex at UQ.EDU.AU
Wed Oct 9 22:06:42 UTC 2002

I am trying to track down social groups where it is accepted for
males to address their female consorts as "bitch", "whore" and the
        Come on, bitch, we're late
and that the female consorts accept this as something akin to an
endearment. (There are apparently no parallel vocative terms for
females to use in addressing males.)

This use is moderately common in blue-collar teenage males in
Australia, and is reported to be an Americanism.

I have been told that this practice is found in US biker gangs, and
internationally in-group between homosexuals, both male and female.

In what social domains is this practice known in the US?

Roly Sussex


Roly Sussex
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