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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?ACCESS_POST_ACTIONS
Submitted by Jim Doran (Victoria - Canada)
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