Mighty Red Pen

May 27, 2010

Don’t be such a beyotch

Filed under: Overseen,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:05 pm
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I’m guessing there’s someone out there that Kim Romano of New Jersey would really like to call a b*#@!! for reporting her vanity license plate (story here):

Me, I’m thinking: Isn’t it spelled beyotch? So I looked it up (as best I could, cause it’s not, you know, in Merriam Webster).

The Online Slang Dictionary likes beyotch but eschews bioch. Urban Dictionary (that definitive source) will accept both bioch and beyotch. They also like biatch, which also appears in Wiktionary. Maybe this is the right spelling?

Some of the definitions of beyotch kind of interested me, though: “a more formal greeting than bitch” or “a friendly use of the word bitch.” Now, I was raised to think that bitch is a pretty terrible word, and to this day it tends to set off my prude-o-meter. So can you really have a “friendly” or “more formal” use of this word? Can we “take back” the word bitch, a pretty harsh invective usually, and make it a kinder, gentler, more everyday kind of word?



  1. I don’t know about “more formal”, but I almost fell off my chair when I saw that one of my cousin’s much-younger nieces regularly addressed her as “Hey beyotch” on FB. This is not a form of address I am hoping that my own nieces adopt.

    Comment by Nancy @ Roving Lemon's Big Adventure — May 28, 2010 @ 11:53 am | Reply

  2. I must come from a more innocent time. I read that license plate as if it belonged to a biochemist.

    Comment by Laura — May 28, 2010 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

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