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Does anyone know anything about the etymology of the word “broad”, used to denote a woman?

  • October 22, 2003
  • Posted by joachim
  • Filed in Usage

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It's the breadth of the woman as seen from behind. I'm sure of this one.

The broadest thing about me is my mind. :D

speedwell2 December 6, 2004, 12:21pm

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I always thought it was a reference to breast size.

Atlantima October 27, 2004, 7:09pm

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My Dad (GRHS) claimed the term refers to the wider hip structure of the average female vs. the narrower hipped male. Simple...And yes, I'm very "broad minded" /;0)

blacksnake January 14, 2004, 1:37pm

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searcher November 12, 2003, 12:03am

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