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Slut is the colloquial derogatory term for a “messy, neglectful and unkempt female person; sloppy woman ”and a woman“ whose lifestyle is seen as immoral ”. With Schlamper or Schlunz there are also terms with a similar meaning for a messy male person, but they are far less common and are used without a sexual context.


The word "slut" is based on the word family "schlampen" ( verb ), "sloppiness", "sloppiness" ( noun ) and "sloppy" ( adjective ). This describes a fleeting, untidy job, a carelessly cared for person or a messy environment. In the 19th century, the word Schlampe or Schlumpe was derived from this for a sloppy (and therefore provocative because easy to remove) item of clothing, especially a nightgown for women ( night Schlumpe ), on which the pejorative for women discussed here is based. In the German dictionary from 1899 it says that "the bitch (...) is actually the shaking, untidy, drooping woman's skirt" and "then transferred to the people: carelessly dressed, messy, dirty walking around, also lazy, careless, musty, dragging Walk along the corridors, loafing around lusciously: the whole day in the house, slapping around on the street ”.

In 1859, Pierer's Universal-Lexikon named besides “one in clothing u. Were dissolute woman ”are the meanings in the hunter's language sex for a food made of bread and water for hunting dogs as well as a“ uncleanly prepared powerless food ”. It was also a technical term used in the manufacture of alcohol . The German dictionary of the Brothers Grimm also lists: “Schlampe und Schlämpe, also written Schlempe, thin pulpy feed for cows, pigs, dogs, then contemptuously from a bad porridge intended for humans, a thin, weak soup, also from bland coffee and bad beers. [...] bitch, stirred in a thick dog soup of bread and water. [...] stillage, residue from distilling brandy, used as fodder. "

The etymological dictionary according to Pfeiffer states that slut for a 'messy, negligent, unkempt woman' was formed as early as the 17th century when the verb slut 'hung down loosely and carelessly, dangling (around the body)'. In the 15th century, slampen meant 'hang down limp' in early New High German . Both noun and verb "belong to a group of words that is widespread and semantically developed , especially in dialects ", such as " sluts 'go carelessly, romp around, eat greedily and noisily", Schlamp ' train (on the dress), indulgence, feasting, more careless 'Unkempt person'. ”Furthermore, there is a connection with mud and a“ tracing back to ie. * (s) lemb (h) -, the nasalized form of the root named under lobes ie. * lē̌b-, * lō̌b-, * lā̌b- 'hang down limply (d)', which here, as in sleep , limp , limp [...], with the initial s- appears “probably.

The Duden names as synonyms “(Central German and North German casually disparagingly) Schlunze ; (scenic) Schluse , Vettel , Zottel ; (devaluing the landscape) Lusche , Schlampampe ; (derogatory in colloquial terms) Ruschel ; (scenic, especially southern German) Stranze ; (landscape obsolete) Strunze ”.

The figure Ms. Schlampampe was used literarily in two satires by Christian Reuter , which then became a popular phrase.

Use in sexual connotation

Originally, this swear word had no sexual connotation , but mainly related to housekeeping, behavior or the outward appearance of a woman. Derived from this, there was an expansion of the meaning of the disordered way of life towards a disordered love life and thus a presumed promiscuity . For example, in dictionaries at the beginning of the 1900s, slut was described as a "careless, indolent woman, usually also morally disreputable".

In today's colloquial language , as well as in the language of young people , it is used for a woman or a girl with a real or assumed promiscuous way of life and thus replaces the word flittchen, which is now outdated in German . It has become common as a translation for the English " bitch " or "slut". While the words bitch and bitch describe a rather loss-oriented lifestyles with frequently changing sexual partners, the words assume hooker and whore contrast, commercial air prostitutes , wherein the boundary is blurred depending on the moral values understanding. Especially among girls of the same age, the word slut is used to damage reputation as a strong swear word for girls or women who do not conform to the sexual norms. In feminist discourse it is criticized that there is no male counterpart . According to Haeberle , even today, changing sexual partners are often judged differently in women and men, which is considered a sign of a patriarchal social system.

The term “slut” is also used among homosexual men and is used here with appreciation. Analogous to words like queer , lesbian and gay , predominantly homosexual women in German-speaking countries who live in non- monogamous relationships ( polyamory ) have adopted the term since 1999 and founded a political platform, the " Schlampagne ", which confidently uses the word Geusenwort used. This corresponds to the use of the word "slut" in the Anglo-American polyamory subculture. Due to the victim blaming resulting from rape myths , internationally organized slutwalks developed from Canada in 2011 .

In the public perception , songs such as Schlampenfieber (1992) and Die Schlampen sind müde (1997) by the vocal duo Rosenstolz or the naming of artists such as Fabulöse Counter Slampen contributed to the process of semantic expansion and a more differentiated perspective. In their songs there are no clear definitions of sex in terms of sexual orientation with regard to sluts .


The use of the word may also have legal consequences. In Germany, insulting you as a "slut" is a punishable offense .

Further meaning

A special form of pencil case , in which the writing utensils are stored unsorted, is colloquially also referred to as Schlamper or Schlampermäppchen .

Web links

Wiktionary: Schlampe  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

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