Talk:whore

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Whore out[edit]

Will someone add whore out in a see also section, also whorey.Acdcrocks 23:20, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

Is it possible that the Arabic word "houri" - which is usually mistranslated as "virgin" - is a cognate of "whore"?

No, there is no connection. It is, however, cognate with Hebrew חיוור (hiwer, pale, whitish). Houri actually originally meant "white-eyed one" (referring to an intense whiteness of the eyeballs along with the lustrous black of the pupils, considered a mark of beauty), eventually coming to mean nymph. It only came to mean a voluptuous, beautiful, alluring woman when houri entered the European languages in the 17th and 18th centuries. The translation of it as "virgin" is wishful thinking. It is just as likely to mean white, seedless grapes. —Stephen (Talk) 08:01, 30 July 2013 (UTC)