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Sometimes I’m a real slut. At least by early 15th century standards.

The earliest known appearance of the word slutte was in 1402 and described an untidy or slovenly woman. Early, in 1386 Ol’ Geoffrey Chaucer got his adverb on and used the term “sluttish” to describe a man with poor housekeeping skills. Our current use of slut dates back to at least 1450.

How do I feel about sluts? Thirteen-year-old Astorice sums it nicely:

(Thanks and hugs to Sterling and David for inspiring this week’s installment)

Comments

  1. Brian Cano says:

    As recently as the 20th century GB Shaw used the word slut to describe Eliza in Pygmalion. What he was commenting on was her untidy appearance despite her protestations that: ” I washed me ‘ands and face ‘afore I come, I did.”

  2. nadinethornhill says:

    Ah, theatre – a font of entertainment, culture and sexy factoids!

  3. Marisa says:

    What a great summary. I love that someone so young is so very informed, aware and passionate.
    AWESOME.

  4. Nat says:

    She’s some kind of amazing that one…

    • nadinethornhill says:

      For real and for true. I wonder if her parents offer any kind of child-rearing seminar….

  5. Jes Lacasse says:

    I cannot get over how self-possessed that thirteen-year-old is. And charming too!

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