Observer Book

My view is that many young males, if not a majority, are socially unpalatable. They tend to hang in bachelor groups like African antelope. For this reason very few young men have had any experience of a girlfriend, as featured in many films. Even less usual is the wife, as featured in many jokes heard in clubs in Lancashire. Rarest of all is the Mistress.

Mistress is a word with a long and increasingly confusing history. Papers use it to suggest that a Mistress is no better than she should be, whatever that means.