Why do we say "broad daylight"? Speaking of broad, why are women called broads?
Supplement from 01/10/2009 02:54am:
I see some people suggesting that women's hips may be a reason- but what about men's backs, chests, and shoulders? Surely if you were thinking of a broad person you'd be more likely to think of a man than a woman?
I can't find anything on the first part, but women being called broads seems to have the following explanation:
"Slang extension to meaning "woman" (1911) may be suggestive of broad hips, but it also may trace to Amer.Eng. abroadwife, for a woman away from her husband, often a slave. Earliest use suggests immorality or coarse, low-class women. Because of this negative association, and the rise of women in athletics, the track and field broad jump was changed to the long jump c. 1967."