Euphemism & Dysphemism: Language Used as Shield and Weapon

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We all use euphemisms. We ask for directions to the "ladies room" or convey the news that someone has recently "passed away." In fact, euphemisms have existed throughout recorded history: they are used by preliterate peoples, and have probably been around since human language first developed. And the same is true of offensive language, or "dysphemisms"--words used as weapons against others, or as release valves for anger and frustration. In this fascinating study, Keith Allan and Kate Burridge examine the linguistic, ...

Euphemism & Dysphemism: Language Used as Shield and Weapon 1991, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195066227

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