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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 31 21:29:26 UTC 2015

On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 4:13 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>

> 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
> i=
> ndicate a boy who yielded his person to his lover.

Ain't that a bitch?


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