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Re: Erudite Romans :)

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Thursday, November 11, 1999, 11:19
Barry>>>>>> writes:
> >The side effect is that naughty Romans merely sound erudite. :)
Boy, those romans could have the foulest mouths and sound clincal to my ears :). Anyway, I read somewhere that all of the polite terms for bodily functions and parts either come from Middle French or Latin, and all the rude words are of Anglo-Saxon origin. True? Yes? No? <<<<<< I think that those words were almost unversally non-rude (at least, used indiscriminately regardless of context), the question is one of the source language iteslf being deprecated. The blame there can go with the Normans, the Monks and the Classicists (and prescriptivists, "faux latinisers" and suchlike from the 18th (17th?) centuries onwards). There's also an aspect I've noticed of euphemisms for "base acts" entering the language gradually being taken up with greater and greater frequency, until they're used in all contexts where the previous term was used. They then become "common" (in both senses) and therefore are considered equally obscene. New euphemisms are coined, and the cycle continues. Once again, this points to the Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse (etc) terms being older, and therefore having gone down this path the furthest. JM .02 Paul ************************************************************* This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This footnote also confirms that this email message has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses. *************************************************************