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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 9 years ago

Where did the word "bigot" come from?

I've always found it notable, because it has "big" in it.

Could it be related to someone having a big ego, thus being tending towards bias and prejudice?

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer


    In support of the "by God" theory, as a surname Bigott, Bygott are attested in Normandy and in England from the 11c., and French name etymology sources (e.g. Dauzat) explain it as a derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans and representing "by god." The English were known as goddamns 200 years later in Joan of Arc's France, and during World War I Americans serving in France were said to be known as les sommobiches (see also son of a *****). But the sense development in bigot is difficult to explain. According to Donkin, the modern use first appears in French 16c. This and the earliest English sense, "religious hypocrite," especially a female one, might have been influenced by beguine and the words that cluster around it. Sense extended 1680s to other than religious opinions.


    The origin of the word bigot and bigoterie (bigotry) in English dates back to at least 1598, via Middle French, and started with the sense of "religious hypocrite". The exact origin of the word is unknown, but it may have come from the German bei and Gott, or the English by God. William Camden wrote that the Normans were first called bigots, when their Duke Rollo, who when receiving Gisla, daughter of King Charles, in marriage, and with her the investiture of the dukedom, refused to kiss the king's foot in token of subjection - unless the king would hold it out for that specific purpose. When being urged to do it by those present, Rollo answered hastily "No, by God", whereupon the King, turning about, called him bigot, which then passed from him to his people.[1] This is quite probably fictional, as Gisla is unknown in Frankish sources. It is true, however, that the French used the term bigot to abuse the Normans.[2]

    The twelfth century Anglo-Norman author Wace claimed that bigot was an insult which the French used against the Normans, but it is unclear whether or not this is how it entered the English language.[3]

    According to Egon Friedell, "bigot" is of the same root as "Visigoth". In Vulgar Latin, the initial v transformed into b (a phenomenon today encountered in Iberian languages, such as Spanish and Portuguese; visi had truncated into bi in Vulgar Latin (a phenomenon common in French and Portuguese).[2][3]

    The French used to call the English les goddams after their favorite curse, Clément Janequin's "La Guerre"[4] which is about the Battle of Marignano, similarly uses the Swiss German curse 'bigot', i.e. "by god!", in a context about the Protestant Swiss.

  • beisch
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Society and participants make a phrase 'dangerous' through their reaction to it. If a small little one stands in entrance of you and says 'bit@hbit#hbit@h" and you do not reply, the little one, failing to get a reaction from you, will surely now not do it once more. If as an alternative you turn out, 'no no it is a dangerous phrase and so forth." you have got given the WORD energy, and the little one involves fully grasp s/he can wield energy by way of use of that phrase. If a phrase 'needs to be well'? Well, phrases haven't any energy on their possess they usually most likely haven't any will!- the one energy a phrase could have is energy we deliver to it. Therefore you'll shrink it is influence through keeping no reaction to it. It might take generations, regardless that, to try this on a tremendous scale.

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