son of a bitch (sonofabitch)

n
American
an unpleasant, obnoxious or despicable person. The expression is roughly the equivalent of the British bastard or sod, and often implies active nastiness, although it may be used with pity ('poor son of a bitch') or annoyance ('that engine's a son of a bitch!'). The epithet fell out of use in British speech around the middle of the 19th century. (The Brit-ish Reverend Benjamin Newton records in his diary for 1818 how a wealthy fellow clergyman who had two sons called the one born out of wedlock 'son of a whore' and the one born within 'son of a bitch'.) In American speech the phrase son of a bitch was until recently considered too offensive for 'polite company' or broad-casting and would often be reduced to S.O.B.
► 'Wherever he went, Andy would have to be the nice guy and I had to be the sonofabitch. ' (Fred Hughes on Andy Warhol, Observer magazine, March 1988)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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