[Ads-l] Antedating of "Bitch" (Passive Homosexual)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun May 31 20:13:47 UTC 2015

bitch (= passive homosexual) (HDAS 1923)

1889 J. A. Symonds _Memoirs of John Addington Symonds_ (1984) 82  Every boy of good looks had a female name, and was recognised as a public prostitute or as some bigger fellow's bitch.  Bitch was the word in common usage to indicate a boy who yielded his person to his lover.

Fred Shapiro

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