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Re: English-esque Vocabulary Range

From:Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
Date:Sunday, January 19, 2003, 2:13
Emaelivpar Christophe Grandsire:
>"Nippon" is also an offensive word for Japanese in French. And that doesn't >stop us to use "Nippo-" without offensive meaning :))) .
But then there's an opposite example, where (uninformed) people take offense to the word "niggard" because of its similarity to "nigger". Isn't there a term for this, when one word becomes taboo because of its phonological similarity to a true taboo word? I think I read about it in Peter Trudgill's "Sociolinguistics" book. There were even cross-linguistic examples, eg an Amerindian word became taboo because it sounded like the English f-word. -- AA