Why is the word whore often censored online; when did it become a profane nasty word?

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  • Roger
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Since its first usage in English around 1100, the word has meant a woman who prostitutes herself. It has always been a term of disapprobation, but not always censored. There is a line in Shakespeare's "King Lear" (1609 approx.), "Leave thy drink and thy whore." It shows that term allied to low behavior (drinking) but the word is used openly. In 1629 or so John Ford wrote a play with the word in the title: "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore."

    The word was not censored in Renaissance times. It may have been somewhat more restricted in the Victorian era, but it is not often suppressed on line. It probably is bleeped out if monitors of a website fear that it may be heard by people likely to be offended by references to prostitution. However, it is more permitted than many other terms. Yahoo permitted its use in your question, did it not? I don't find it as verboten as you suggest.

    • AskZilla
      Lv 4
      6 months agoReport

      It wasn't censored here, but it surprises me the word would ever be censored, which it has been. What kind of wimpy nanny state have we become? We have become so politically correct we can't express ourselves.

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  • 6 months ago

    After it was considered a "misogynistic" term used to "degrade women" by saying they take a lot of dick.

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