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Donald Trump fans have been condemned for calling her one, while some of her supporters have urged her to be more of one. So why is Hillary Clinton so often associated with the word "bitch" - and how offensive is it? Supporters of Donald Trump have sparked outrage in US media with merchandise attacking Hillary Clinton that many people say uses lewd and demeaning language. T-shirts saying "Trump that bitch" and badges with similar mottos were found on display at rallies. Despite the media outrage, both men and women at a rally in West Virginia told the Washington Post they thought the items were "funny".

They liked the way the shirts defied political correctness, something the presumptive Republican nominee has railed against. The shirts are not authorised by Mr Trump's campaign.

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But a simple online search reveals a whole range of unofficial items such as bumper stickers displaying the same word in reference to the first female presidential candidate for a major party in the US. And is not just Mrs Clinton's detractors who use the term. Tina Brown, former editor of the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, told the BBC's Today programme that the Democratic nominee needed to "own her inner bitch" in order to appeal to young women voters.

Some experts argue the taboo around the word has changed.

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Of course, women can buy themselves T-shirts and necklaces labelling themselves "bitch". But as anyone who has been called it by a passer-by in the street, or at work, will know - it can still pack a painful punch. Why is that? The term "bitch" has been used to refer to a female dog since about AD, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, and began to be used as a pejorative term for women in around the 15th Century.

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The edition of the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose said it was "most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman". The OED defines its modern meaning as "a malicious or treacherous woman" or "something outstandingly difficult or unpleasant". But other dictionary definitions say its premier use is no longer as a term of abuse. While female students often affectionately refer to friends as "bitches", she says, the term "bitchin" is commonly used as a positive description by young people in the US.

Or changing it to "biatch" can add humour or force. Behind much of the change has been American and British hip hop that used "bitch" simply to refer to a woman, says Eble. Music critics pointed out that Madonna used dozens of times on her latest album. But it also follows a campaign for women to reclaim the word. A feminist magazine called Bitch was set up Its founders wanted to use the title to spark debate about language and talk about women's rights.

Andi Zeisler, a co-founder I want some real bad the magazine, says the controversial title was inspired by the way the word "queer" had been appropriated by the LGBT community. But she says it has been both "fascinating and frustrating" to see how attitudes to the word "bitch" has changed since. Katty Kay: Why aren't we more excited about Clinton? Nick Bryant: Understanding media addiction to Donald Trump.

Donald Trump: The schlong and short of it. But in the years that followed it became "very normalised to hear it as a synonym for a woman", she says.

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However, the core meaning of the word has not changed, she says. So she was not surprised to see Trump supporters using the term. Critics of Mrs Clinton have repeatedly pointed to her alleged mishandling of issues such as healthcare reform, and the scandal surrounding her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

More recently she has been lambasted over the fatal attack on a US compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi inand her use of private for official business while she was secretary of state. Nick Adams, a political commentator and author of the book Retaking America: Crushing Political Correctness, says the insult is justified. Given these characteristics, many would consider the term "bitch" fitting," he says.

He says people offended by the term are being "precious". Women's rights activists and some left-wing commentators particularly object to the way "bitch" refers to Mrs Clinton's gender, and say male politicians are not treated in the same way.

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Meanwhile Tom Dalzell, a slang expert, believes the taboo around using it now is greater than ever before because there is more of an expectation that women will be treated fairly. Slurs that are specifically directed at certain groups of people are seen as unacceptable, he adds.

This does depend on who is using it and how. But he says the reclamation effort has only been partially successful. Certainly Trump supporters are not using it out of affection or solidarity. Andi Zeisler says its appearance at Trump rallies is particularly "offensive" because of the way the Republican nominee "whips up his fans in this kind of blood bath, in a specifically threatening and violent way". But the rhetoric around the election will continue to build over the coming months. And considering its long and complicated history, the "bitch" in the room is unlikely to go away any time soon.

The schlong and short of it. Why aren't we more excited about Clinton? US media's Donald Trump addiction.

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What does "bitch" mean in slang? A woman noun A despicable woman noun A feminine or weak man noun A sexually submissive person noun something that is difficult or unpleasant noun to complain verb to inform verb. on US election:.

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