I am using bitch is just an example. You may switch out bitch for whatever pejorative you like.
So, if you’re arguing with someone, and you say to them “Quit bitching at me” or “You’re being bitchy” is that the same thing as saying “You’re a bitch.”?
I was having this debate with my GF. We weren’t arguing or anything, but we were gossiping about another couple that tends to argue a lot. Sometime very publicly in front of friends. (I’m ashamed to admit. I like the theater of it all. In my defense, the couple has been married for over 20 years, so…)
This was basically the argument we witnessed:
Him: “You’re acting like a bitch!”
Her: “Don’t call me a bitch!”
Him: “I didn’t call you a bitch. I said you’re acting like one.”
(I chuckled a little on the inside. They are both a couple of loons.)