I was writing a column recently on the term “ne’er-do-well,” meaning a worthless or disreputable person, when I remembered that every entry in the Oxford English Dictionary Online (com) has a link to the OED Historical Thesaurus (OEDHT) entry for that particular word.The Historical Thesaurus, which was completed in 2009 after 44 years of work, is the largest thesaurus in the world, and the online version links every synonym of a word to the synonym’s entry in the OED.On Sunday March 29th #facesofprostitution went viral.
It sounds complicated, but using it is very easy, endlessly fascinating and weirdly addictive.
The OED Online, which includes the OEDHT, is available through many public libraries, so it’s worth checking your local library’s website.
—in use for more than four centuries—is among the most euphemistic. Other euphemistic terms that might have concerned Chesterton include evolved from the Anglo-Saxon 'hore,' which some etymologists think may be a euphemism for a word never recorded.
After 'whore' took on connotations, sixteenth-century translations of the Bible replaced that word with .
The author writes, “Julia Roberts’ teethy smile is not the true face of prostitution.” To combat the representation of all sex workers as victims, sex workers from around the world proudly shared pictures of themselves with the hashtag ‘faces of prostitution.’ The deluge of photos shared on social media humanized the often technical, distant and derogatory term “prostitute.” Despite the fact that the term prostitute seems somewhat innocuous, technical even, the term has historically been used and is still used today as a slur.
This discussion of the term “prostitute” could not come at a better time.
Contrary to popular assumption, the term 'hooker' did not originate with camp followers of soldiers commanded by Union General Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Hooker.
, translated as "subsidized dating", "compensated dating", or "dating for assistance".
The first “ragamuffin” in literature was, in fact, a genuine demon, Ragamoffyn, in William Langland’s 14th century epic Middle English allegorical poem “Piers Plowman.” The “muffin” of “ragamuffin” has nothing to do with cozy cakes and coffee and may, in fact, hark back to the Anglo-Norman “malfelon,” meaning “devil.” There are dozens of other strange and wonderful synonyms of “ne’er-do-well” in the OEDHT, but the truly strange ones slowly give way to the 20th century dullness of “loser,” “punk” and, around 1964, the evocative but unexciting “schlub” (worthless person, oaf, from Yiddish, possibly originally the Polish “zlob,” meaning “blockhead”).