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Hayduke Lives!!
08-18-2002, 12:54 AM
Is a "Bastard" simply an illegitimate child (of either sex), or is it only an illegitimate male? I always thought it included illegitimates of either sex, yet I've never heard of a girl refered to as a bastard.

atypicalcarl
08-18-2002, 01:15 AM
According to Mirram-Webster, a bastard is any illegitimate child. However, it's also used as a generalized term of abuse for an offensive or disagreeable person. M-W online says that "Bitch" is a generalized term of abuse for females.

My WAG is that a "bastard" is the nearest male peer to a "bitch" - as far as terms of abuse go.

atypicalcarl
08-18-2002, 01:26 AM
Oops!

Never trust anyone too lazy to correctly spell the name of the dictionary. It's Merriam-Webster.

Ice Wolf
08-18-2002, 09:03 AM
True bastards can be either gender. As a RL bastard, I should know.