broad dame

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broad dame

Post by Archived Topic » Fri Jan 29, 1999 12:00 am

In a college ethics class, the origins of the words "broad" and "dame" as slang terms for "woman" were called into question, but no one knew the answer. Is there a definitive answer to this question?
Submitted by Jim Doran (Victoria - Canada)
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broad dame

Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 02, 1999 8:00 am

Dame is no more than a borrowing of the standard English word. Broad seems to reflect an image of a shapely, well-built woman.
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