Female equivalent of bastard

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Female equivalent of bastard have always considered the term to be male. Is it gender specific or not? What would the girl bastard be called? It was once used as a female equivalent of bastard in law, but I p that today "illegitimate child" or "child born out of wedlock" would be used more often when writing new laws.

As a term of abuse, however, "bastard" is almost always used to insult a boy or man. A similarly strong term of abuse for a girl or woman would be "bitch," and "son of a bitch" is, in my opinion, an even stronger insult for a boy or man than "bastard. I see that a Google search turns up examples of "daughter of a bitch," but I have never heard it used.

There are some oppedantunities here. The term may historically have been limited to those: 1. Born out of wedlock AND 2. Whose father is known AND 3. Whose father has failed to acknowledge any rights of succession or inheritance. If this is the case, it may explain why the term was apparently far more often employed of males than of females. Girls got none of that, although they might get positions in the household, or a reasonably good marriage.

Oh yes. Both kinds. I should have remembered that, I just finished reading Philippa Gregory's "The Wise Woman", which has a former nun as the main character. A male counterpart to a "bitch" is a "cur", but I've never heard it used.

Well, no, but I've seen it in print. But "You dog! And literally, cur is not the male counterpart ob bitch. Not that the bitch cares about pedigree, but in real life a bitch can be pure. Of course, at the insult level, what matters is that the bitch doesn't care about pedigree, and without owner interference, a litter can easily have more than one father.

Dog groups routinely print in premium lists and the like that "dog" refers to both sexes except when it doesn't, like in conformation. Was she out with him today? A bastard. This usage goes all the way back, at least, to Elizabeth R, who was called one by her detractors. Assholes in what remained of the Catholic church in England, needless to say. Outside her kennel the mastiff old Lay fast asleep, in moonshine cold. The mastiff old did not awake, Yet she an angry moan did make.

And what can ail the mastiff bitch? Never till now she uttered yell Beneath the eye of Christabel. Perhaps it is the owlet's scritch: For what can aid the mastiff bitch? I imagine that "bastard" as a term of abuse is confined to males, and "son of a bitch" is not felt to need a female form, because they owe their popularity to their origin as fighting words. To start a fight with a man, you insulted his mother, by insinuating that she was a whore or a hound, respectively.

Social convention did not require that female equivalent of bastard of ritual for women.male or female, whose mother is missing? With dad still around to raise him or her, regardless of why mom has gone missing.

No word for that motherlessness is there? Traditionally, the word "orphan" could apply. Bereaved of parents. Orb a blank window. Orphan : Or"phan, a. Bereaved of parents, or sometimes of one parent. The term which I would expect to be used today, if it were felt necessary to have a specific term, is "motherless. I assume the 'maleness' of 'bastard' had to do with old inheritance laws regarding property, particularly with respect to the landed gentry. A daughter couldn't inherit, so her birth was of no consequence - whether born in wedlock or without.

It sounds very plausible, but only for the English language. In the Romance languages that I'm familiar with, "bastard" is an adjective that flexes for each gendre: masculin, feminine and yes, neuter when applied to plants a. My question is whether "bastard", used as an adjective in English, can also qualify a female: e. One place I vaguely recall it was concerning young Elizabeth the First -- during the times when the validity of the marriage of her mother Anne Boleyn to her father Henry VIII was in question, she was considered a bastard, and ineligible for the throne.

She was formally adjudged a bastard inand that status was confirmed by Act of Parliament, which excluded her from the succession. Those proceedings were never reversed, but a later Act of Succession put her back in line anyway. In the days when "bastard" had primarily the meaning of illegitimacy, I don't think it would ever have occurred to anybody that males and females were not equally eligible for the status. Back to the original question of the thread: if a female can be bastard, why can't a bastard be female?

And I still think this is an oversimplification, dictionary definitions female equivalent of bastard. The proportion of children in Britain born to unwed parents has always been ificant, and is still increasing. Are these all bastards?

There's more to it than "born out of wedlock". Yes, they are all bastards. We just don't generally use that word anymore. There is only one additional point. An illegitimate child, a bastard, can be legitimated in some countries, anyway. Adolf Hitler's father Alois, for example, was born illegitimate and later legitimated. His original surname, Schicklgruber, is the source of the use of that term to refer mockingly to the German dictator himself. The more common it became to be born 'out of wedlock' the less it mattered. Meantime 'bastard' had increasingly been used as a swear-word so it was appropriate not to be unintentionally and unnecessarily rude to the illegitimate.

It was originally a simple descriptive term - hark back to Joan of Arc's pal Dunois, the Bastard of Orleans. As such, it lived on for a while on the Cape where Bastard or Bastaard was a person of mixed race. And, of course, the term was in common use for many artefacts - swords, cannon, ships, wine etc. Australian Player: Which one of you bastards called this bastard a bastard? It has been the case for some time in England that the subsequent marriage of the parents renders legitimate.

And adoption has always made the point moot. Only since Before that, England was the only country which stood out against the rule of canon law which allowed legitimation in this way. It was possible only if both parents, at the time of the birth or of the conception were free to marry, not married to someone else. English law also imported this restriction inbut it was later s? The complications which arose from the conflict between the two codes of law were considerable; the transmission of real property was governed by the common law, but wills, which could deal only with personalty, were a matter for the ecclesiastical courts, which applied the canon law rule.

Wasn't the concept of illegitimacy removed from English statute in the last few years? OBaue: 'legitimated'? I would have written 'legitimised' or 'legitimized' if you insist. Right, they could be born out of an eprubete in a family of lawfully wedded parents, or same sex parents, or a single parent.

I'm sure the fact that ceturies ago male heirs were more privileged than female heirs is not a satisfactory explanation for "bastard" not being a term of abuse for women nowadays. Besides, it eliminates the "s" vs "z" controversy. First I've heard there was a verb 'legitimate'. We live and learn.

Female equivalent of bastard

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