WOTD: harlot

Today’s word is one of those words that should be used more often. It’s basically an old fashioned word for prostitute or whore. I used it recently in a poem and now my fellow RM members are using it.

And why shouldn’t they? It’s a delightful word that describes so many people, not just the whores, prostitutes, hookers, call girls, escorts, courtesans and other assorted naughty ladies of the night.

For example: “I’d like a word with the harlots responsible for the latest Facebook layout. It’s truly dreadful.” See, you could substitute the word “cunts” or similar, but I think using the word harlots makes it much more colorful and interesting.

The word harlot for me conjures up an image of a slightly chubby flame-haired prostitute bulging out of black and red lingerie and with a black feather boa draped around her shoulders. There’s also tinny old-timey piano music playing in the background and a bunch of cowboys standing around a bar drinking corn liquor.

Yes, them. Those Wild West harlots are responsible for the latest Facebook layout disaster.

2 thoughts on “WOTD: harlot

  1. I always thought harlot was something a little more, a whore who could just as easily be a nun,
    A woman with worlds of possibilities, come a little undone. Observe the lyrics of one of the verses of Bob Dylan’s song Jokerman:

    “It’s a shadowy world, skies are slippery gray
    A woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet
    He’ll put the priest in his pocket, put the blade to the heat
    Take the motherless children off the street
    And place them at the feet of a harlot”

    Fabulous word. Should be used much more. Especially in politics.

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