Origin of whore
historical usage of whore
The Germanic root is a regular development of the Proto-Indo-European root kā- “to like, desire” (extended with the same suffixed -r ). Kār- appears in Latin in cārus “dear, beloved, expensive,” and in the noun cāritās “love, affection, high price” (and through Old French, in charity meaning “Christian love”). Kār- appears in the Celtic languages as cara in Irish, and car in Welsh and Breton, all meaning “friend.” In Slavic (Polish), we find kurva.
The unetymological spelling, with initial w- (as also occurs in whole ), became common about 1600.
Nell Gwyn (1650-87), one of King Charles II’s numerous mistresses, made the best comeback ever recorded: When she was surrounded in her coach by a Protestant mob who thought she was Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth (1649–1734), a Catholic woman and another of King Charles’s mistresses, Nell leaned out of her coach and shouted down the mob with “Pray good people be civil, I am the King’s Protestant whore.”
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How to use whore in a sentence
For pre-20th-century women, in particular, whoring and marriage could be described as the two default positions.
But this is the common fate of ill-gotten goods, that, as they came in by covetousness, they go out by whoring.
The profs spent their course-times whoring for Whuffie, leading the seminars like encounter groups instead of lectures.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
It became plain that there would be no whoring or the like for me; I was far too proud and fastidious.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis