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Click to see full answer In respect to this, what does it mean to be called a wench?

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As Oxford Dictionaries comes under fire for sexist definitions, the history of terms that refer to women shows how deep negative attitudes go. L inguists call it collocation: the likelihood of two words occurring together. The publisher has been criticised for a sexist bias in its illustrations of how certain words are used.

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Well, yes, I encounter them in the US, just not in common usage either written or oral.

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Hi guys, I just stumbled upon the Wench discussion. Hi Candy, I wanna go to Canada and see pirate wenches! Wycliffite Serm. If by "safe" you mean "clean" Just for fun, here's the OED definition: wench, n.

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Cromwell Let. The money I shall need for my two little Wenches; and thereby I shall free my Son from being charged with them. Rastell Nature. As was mentioned, a favorite at Ren Faires Aug 01, AM. Dawn wrote: "I would dare someone to the club with me It's not nearly as active as it was years ago, but Rennie Wenches are a great group of ladies, so if by "safe" you mean "not likely to be attacked", absolutely.

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I wouldn't say chick is like wench. Monica wrote: "But Petruchio uses it frequently "a lusty wench," "why there's a wench.

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Jul 29, AM. Is it used in America? Psalter lxvii. You all know I have a lovely grin and a wink to go with this proposal right now -- right! Personally I love the word!

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So class isn't entirely part of it - though if anyone other than a father, husband, or nurse called an upper-crust female "wench" there would be hell to pay. Wadley Notes Wills Orphan Bk. Bristol If my wief be with Child whether it bee a Boye or a wenche I doe geve and bequeath vnto yt xxli. It can go just the way the Renaissance Faire uses it: sort of equivalent to "babe", with sexual connotations Mercutio calls Rosaline a "pale hard-hearted wench"or it can just mean "girl" - Prospero calls his daughter "wench" a few times as well as "thee, my dear one, thee, my daughter", so it's obviously not derogatory thereand the Nurse uses it for Juliet.

I tried not Jul 31, PM. I do really love the above website for Wenches! I always thought the word had a bit of a connotation of teasing -- maybe in some cases derogatory. Thesaurus » » a. It has to have been used at some point. Now dial.

We use neither "wench" nor "lass. You might call Zoey Deschanel Male version of wench fun-loving chick without problem, but if you called Hillary Clinton "one serious chick" it would come across as disrespectful. Udall et al. Hit any Renaissance Faire, and you're sure to see some pirate wenches Jul 29, PM.

Jul 30, PM. Candy wrote: "I saw some pirates shopping at Whole Foods a couple months ago here in Chicago.

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It's not used much outside of that. Of course, it also had a derogatory use for immoral or low-class women, which eventually took over the meaning and became the standard definition. But as Shakespeare uses it here it's meant as a term of endearment.

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What a great group we have! Newe Test. You might notice them more now. Ah, I found Ehren Ziegler of Chop Bard on the subject: "We hear the word 'wench' now and think 'bad slut', or some slur - it doesn't sound like Prospero's a very good father, calling his daughter a wench. Jul 25, PM. It seems to be synonymous with lass, but there can be connotations of being a whore.

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It's more like lass. Is it class based? I'm reading Richard III right now, and when Dickie Trey as I call him uses it, it definitely seems like a slam on the noblewoman he's speaking of.

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Welcome Tracey -- very clever post. Element sig. It depends mostly on context. Is it okay when referring to Hostess Quickly, but not when referring to Lady Anne? Believe it or not, I found out what lass meant by playing Pokemon red in the mid 90s.

Jul 24, PM. How offensive was this word in the s? Wench, on the other hand, maybe try watching the 1st Pirates of the Caribbean or reading Treasure Island. It does follow along with what my theory of the word " wench" was taught to mean in my Shakespearean Literature Classes!

It is still an active character type, so hopefully if you've played pokemon you would know of it. Although I'd love to see that as her new campaign slogan. So it was a synonym for "lass," as you said. What fun!

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However, when this was written, 'wench' was a term of endearment especially for wives and daughters - it just means 'young woman'. Bvij, Than we wyll haue lytell nell A proper wenche she daunsith well. Thanks, Candy! Then of course there's the International Wenches Guild Hi, I'm new. Comments Showing of 37 37 new post a comment ». Luke i. It often comes across as being just a synonym for "woman," but sometimes it seems like a dig. I realize that you're just looking for meanings, but although these words are uncommon, they're active parts of the language.

But Petruchio uses it frequently "a lusty wench," "why there's a wench.

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Hillary: One Serious Chick. Erasmus Paraphr. Jul 28, AM. Jul 28, PM. So, often unmarried, usually working class, sometimes a euphemism for prostitute. I would dare someone to the club with me and we can officially report back to our fellow group members if this is a safe gathering and something extracurricular we may consider including in our group activities! A girl, maid, young woman; a female .

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