Odds and Ends
White on white hate crime
6 11, 7:45am
While for most of us in the western world, the word "Dog" has neutral or even positive connotations if we maybe grew up with dogs in the family when we where kids and love dogs.
But the word actually used to be one of the worst insults even to us, hundreds of years ago.
Back in the early 17th century, when Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden was down warring in central Europe, there's historic records of him calling someone a "Hundsvott" - which was considered very insulting at the time.
That term has fallen out of use since, but you can still find it in some dictionary sources as a demeaning word and the first part of the word obviously refers to the Swedish word for "Dog" which is "Hund".
Also in German. And the second part of the word refers to
the middle high german
for "female canine anatomy" (expletive),
so the offensiveness
not entirely be due to the "dog" part, but rather the "dog part".