The History of The Word Bitch

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According to the New York Times, The use of the word, “bitch,” tripled in the last decade alone, growing to 1,277 uses on 685 shows in 2007 from 431 uses on 103 prime-time episodes in 1998 (Wyatt, 2009). Several years later, the use of the term has increased tremendously since 2007. Today the term has been found not only in television, but in popular music, literary works, online media, and daily conversations. What will be studied and analyzed in order to find a better understanding of the complexities provided by the term will include every day conversations, especially between women; as well as some popular culture texts that include misogynistic lyrics, specifically in the hip hop and rap genres. How has the term “bitch” evolved…show more content…
I love her!” Some of these women also claim to be feminists, believing that their use of the word is appropriate and affirmative. The ever growing utilization of “bitch” is important because it proves how much language has changed and it strongly affects women. It is also strongly important because women are a large population of our society hence, their usage of the term as well has a heavy influence on society. It is also of utter importance because it permits children to learn from these examples and use them towards anyone they may feel is suitable. Thus creating an environment where words such as “bitch” and similar derogatory terms are used to dehumanize others rather than elevate and empower. Literature Review Evolution of “Bitch” Throughout time the word “bitch” has evolved tremendously. Although there is no concrete evidence of its origin, research traces the use of the word “bicce” as early as 1000 A.D. It is stated that the modern term derives from the Old English word (Collins, 1984). Research also shows that between the 11th and 17th centuries the words bicze, bicche, bytche, and bytch were later written as “bitch” (Collins, 1984). The study also discussed how the meaning has always been ambiguous through the two very different examples of definition stated, such as it being “the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, more provoking than whore,” to it simply being used to say “woman” and display affection
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