Sarah Lang slang at UCHICAGO.EDU
Fri Dec 14 14:36:38 UTC 2007

In John Turturro's (excellent) film _Romance & Cigarettes_ (2005,
only now being distributed), the word whoremaster (whore-master) is
used repeatedly to describe & name the central father figure (as well
as "his father and his father before him").

The interesting part is that Turturro uses it not to describe a pimp,
etc., but simply a husband who cheats on his wife. (The woman he
cheats with appears to fall in love with him and he "almost" loves her.)

Other instances of this use?



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