I leave it for the readers to decide who is the idiot - the guy who used the word correctly, or the guy who said, "She's not a bastard, she was just born out of wedlock."
BTW, what's so bad about being a bastard? As another poster implied, it was no impediment to Steve Jobs.
I believe the problem is that in your teenie-weenie little mind, you think "bastard" is only a curse, rather than being a word used throughout history as a shorthand method of establishing illegitimate birth.
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