According to the Cassell Dict of Slang the "prostitute" sense was only current until the mid-19th c.: the original use implied disapproval of the woman's sexuality... today's use focuses on her personality.systema encephale said:Well, I guess bitch may mean stronza when you refer to some girl you hate. But it also means a girl "renting" her body to "entertain" men for money, right?
I think stronza is a bit too generic. A bitch is supposed to be "acida" and "maligna". I've always found the use of this word to be rather unfair, since a guy can be just as much of a bitch as a woman.
My question is - can a man be called "bitchy"?(my British friends say it can't be used to describe men). After all, a "bitchy remark" is gender-neutral