ICK..that conjures up awful flashes for me..but its used a lot on adoption blogs, there are adoptees who have reclaimed *bastard* back to take away the negative connotation from it..I'm not sure if this little Black Duck *adoptee* is ready to do that yet...
From Wikipedia this is the explanation for the term Bastard
The literal meaning of the word bastard is the circumstance of being born of parents who are not married to one another (see illegitimacy). The word is also used as a generic derogatory term for a person who is rather obnoxious, unpleasant or mean.
Thats just great isnt it ?
Why are children who were born of parents who are not married to one another, the SAME Meaning as a obnoxious, unpleasant and Mean Person ?
How the hell did some moron come up with that association ? oh do you think it might be because that person happened to have had a insult thrown at them from some pissed off angry (And rightfully so) illegitimate child..and therefore decided that was what they should be called and so it went down in history ?
Or how about Dictionary Reference.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share Thisbas·tard /ˈbæstərd/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[bas-terd] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation–noun
1. a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child.
a. a vicious, despicable, or thoroughly disliked person: Some bastard slashed the tires on my car.
b. a person, esp. a man: The poor bastard broke his leg.
3. something irregular, inferior, spurious, or unusual.
4. bastard culverin.
5. illegitimate in birth.
6. spurious; not genuine; false: The architecture was bastard Gothic.
7. of abnormal or irregular shape or size; of unusual make or proportions: bastard quartz; bastard mahogany.
8. having the appearance of; resembling in some degree: a bastard Michelangelo; bastard emeralds.
9. Printing. (of a character) not of the font in which it is used or found.[Origin: 1250–1300; ME <>bastard, ML bastardus (from 11th century), perh. <>*bāst-, presumed var. of *bōst- marriage + OF -ard -ard, taken as signifying the offspring of a polygynous marriage to a woman of lower status, a pagan tradition not sanctioned by the church; cf. OFris bost marriage <>*bandstu-, a n. deriv. of IE *bhendh- bind; the traditional explanation of OF bastard as deriv. of fils de bast “child of a packsaddle” is doubtful on chronological and geographical grounds]—Synonyms 6. fake, imitation, imperfect, sham, irregular, phony.
Poppyhogwash - The term bastard for referring to children of illegitimacy (itself an obnoxious word) should be REMOVED From all reference material.
I frequently call my husband a bastard when we have a all out no holds barred argument !! which i find funny really because I am far more a bastard than he is ..I actually could claim rights to the word for myself , where he actually can not if you were to take it for the NON slang meaning :P
How about Origins of Common words
About the history, origins, and definitions of the common word bastard.
UNCOMMON STORIES BEHIND COMMON WORDS
Bastard - Of disputed origin, the term is probably a combination of the Old French bast, "packsaddle," and the pejorative ending ard. His packsaddle was a muleteer's pillow, not infrequently shared, while on the road. Like terms include the French coitrart, or "quilt-child"; the German Bankling, or "bench-child"; the low German Mantelkind, or "cloak-child"; and the Old Norse hrisungr, or "brushwood-child." The later "love child" was simply a Victorian euphemism. In legal terminology, bastard was the word applied to the illegitimate but acknowledged son of a prince or nobleman; William the Bastard was a common epithet, no insult intended, for William
How about this one by the FREE DICTIONARY
bas·tard (bstrd)n.1. A child born out of wedlock.2. Something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin.3. Slang A person, especially one who is held to be mean or disagreeable.adj.1. Born of unwed parents; illegitimate.2. Not genuine; spurious: a bastard style of architecture.3. Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such.
So now we are akin to something that is
Irregular , Inferior OR Dubious Origin !!
Not Genuine !!
Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such
So I am still not comfortable claiming the word, because I am none of these things EXCEPT That I was Born out of wedlock. Also Bastard has always primarily been thought of as Male
So enough about The term Bastard and its origin and meanings..and onto *my fate*
What do I want to do ? I am deliberating - do I want to send my Mother (who gave birth to me) a Letter and some photos of her new grandson..and some of her grand daughter and ask her if ..... ?.............................................