it has taken me a long time to get used to that word being used ot refer to a female dog. i am still not entirely comfortable with it. i guess mostly because of the derogatory connotations it has. i just prefer to refer to them as female dogs.
Don't feel funny about it. I feel funny saying b#@$% all the time about my girls. I just say my female ____ and then the breed. I was asking a store about some pills for my females for when they go in heat they are called b*&%^ pills. I could not say the b word so I kept asking if they knew anything about those pills, and pointing to them. The person had no idea what I was talking about and then really loud goes oh the b&^%$ pills? Everyone was looking! UGH!! I did not get them! To funny!
No... the word was taken out of its origin and used as an insult. Sadly, insults have a way of spreading, and instead of hearing "female dog" people here "nasty woman" when bitch is used.
Yet when we say bull we think "male unaltered cattle" and cow we think "female cattle that produces milk".
It is no diffrent. I use it correctly. I say bitch and I say dog and I say it because it is what should be said. A proper word should not be managled by a lack of apprecation for the usage of a language.
I for one will not allow others to dictate my use of correct english.