Skip Nav
Relationships
My Boyfriend Had to Choose Between His Mom and Me — and He Chose Me
Viral Videos
This Guy Surprised His Grandma With the SWEETEST Birthday Gift
Relationships
Successful Couples SWEAR By This Practical Secret to a Happy and Long Relationship

Dictionary Word of the Day Is Virago

WTF?!

I am one of those word dorks who gets a "Dictionary Word of the Day" sent automatically to my email. I was very pleased recently when one of my fave words — virago — showed up. I'd understood it to be, essentially, a fancy word for "b*tch." Well, what do you know! You know how people say that "b*tch" can be a compliment, because what it really describes is a strong woman who won't be a doormat? Well, look no further than the dictionary to confirm the suspicion! A woman of extraordinary courage and strength is a hair's breadth away from being scolding, ill-tempered and quarrelsome. Ummm, yeah! Because even the damned dictionary equates strength with b*tchiness. (And don't get me started on the strong = man-like etymology.) Maybe if I stop reading the dictionary, I won't be such a virago. Fat chance.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
Why doesn't this surprise me? *sigh*
Home Home 8 years
Virago is one of my favorite words ever.
Reasons to Use Condoms
Summer Fit Girl Problems
Signs You're Obsessed With Lisa Frank
Weirdest Laws in America
Funny Halloween Costumes
Taco Love GIFs
Funny Sexual Stock Photos

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Love
X