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Distasteful misogynistic language below.

I really liked the first season of Downton Abbey because, well, it is the sort of thing I like. But I was sad that in the final episode, one character dramatically calls another "slut". Surely the more likely term for 1914 was "whore"? I've been meaning to ask Google's ngram viewer about this for ages, and just now did, and it does look like slut was still mostly used for "an untidy woman, a slattern", although there is an interesting entry in a Pacific Reporter about whether or not it has the meaning of "unchaste woman" and is thus a slander. So quite possibly it already had the meaning it had today, but... I still think "whore" would have been more appropriate.

People who know more about this are welcome to inform me, since I am neither a Brit nor any sort of expert on early 20th century bad language.
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