One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘She is put in the charge of a kind-hearted trull, ‘whose business it was to prepare and break such young Fillies as I was to the mounting-block’.’
- ‘It included the insults jade, quean, baggage, harlot, drab, filth, flirt, gill, trull, dirtyheels, draggletail, flap, naughty-pack, slut, squirt and strumpet.’
- ‘Ultimately, however, the poet objects far less to her supposedly natural feminine sluttishness than to her apparently unnatural intellectual pursuits: ‘Women grown intellectual grow dull, / And lose the mother wit of natural trull’.’
Early 16th century: from German Trulle.
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