Left this at Wikipedia: relevant here too.
I wrote the following over at Wikipedia, and it generally refers to the Wikipedia entry for stew. However, it's also rather apposite here.
Odd that there's no disambiguation page for "Stew" - sometimes "stewe" - as it can also mean (archaically meant) a tavern, an bathhouse or sometimes even a brothel. Try here: http://etext.virginia.edu/journals/EH/EH36/browner1.html and note the usage of the word. Or here: http://www.prostitutionprocon.org/history.htm / http://www.antiqbook.com/boox/uhr/023587.shtml where it is also referenced. There are even books, e.g. - Bernard Mandeville's " "A Modest Defence of Publick Stews": Prostitution and Its Discontents in Early Georgian England" ( http://www.amazon.com/Bernard-Mandevilles-Modest-Defence-Publick/dp/1403971676 ) where the concept of a "public stew" is covered. The "stew" is mentioned in "Measure for Measure" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measure_for_measure for those Wikipedians that only believe something exists if it's mentioned here), and this is discussed here: http://www.rsc.org.uk/measure/teachers/themes.html , where there's even some kind of dictionary definition: Stew 1. A heated room used for hot air or vapour baths: hence, a hot bath. 2.pl. A brothel (Developed from sense 1, on account of the frequent use of the public hot baths for immoral purposes.) Hist. late ME (sing. and pl.) A bawd or prostitute - 1650. [Shorter OED]. This other definition of "stew" is, surprise surprise, not here > http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/stew either. I guess it's not really that odd that this is not mentioned in Wikipedia, as it is often so unreliable (and has such a heavy American bias) round here that often the only response I can muster to the site is general hilarity. Cheers!
126.96.36.199 23:23, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
Well, isn't it /stjuː/ in RP? RP is British English, isn't it. And if it is I think I should be right (after 7 years' studies :P). Thank you n sorry if i wasnt right. --Ferike333 20:23, 27 March 2009 (UTC)