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What is a Harlot?

In present times, the word ‘Harlot’ is synonymous with female prostitutes. However, the word Harlot was first found in a book written in 13th century. At that point of time it was used for men having no specific occupation. Harlot also referred to a juggler or jester who could be either a male or a female. But at the start of 14th century it became more related to women rather than men and by the end of 17th century it started referring to women prostitutes only.

by Margaret Walker on Sat, 04/16/2011 - 15:33

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