|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 18, 2001, 3:31|
Danny Wier scripsit:
> The general process of how a word becomes "vulgar" (a taboo word is pretty much
> the same thing): the "dirty word" was usually a "legitimate" word, and political
> correctness demands a softer, gentler euphemism. Like how we went from Old
> English _scitan_ to Modern English "go potty"...
"But that *never* works!"
-- Rocket J. Squirrel
Such terms inevitably become taboo in their turn. In Larry Niven's future,
"Censor you!" is extremely insulting, and "futz" has taken on the
conversational role of [banned in NZ].
John Cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore