Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Bimbo

According to wikipedia:

Bimbo is a term that in popular English language usage describes a woman who is physically attractive but is perceived to have a low intelligence or poor education. The term can also be used to describe a woman who acts in a sexually promiscuous manner. The term itself is not explicitly negative, but is most often used as a derogative insult towards a woman.

In Germany during the 19th and 20th century, the word "Bimbo" had the dual meaning as racist term for a person of African descent.* The word in relation to its original meaning, however, is rarely used. Although sometimes the word "Bimbo" is used, associated but separate phrases, such as "dumme Blondine" (= "dumb blonde"), are more common instead.

(*emphasis mine.)

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