linguistic degeneration (again)
jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jun 6 17:30:04 UTC 2001
--- Herb Stahlke <hstahlke at GW.BSU.EDU> wrote:
> Ron's obviously right on the matter of linguistic
> degeneration. However, strong, pointed words do
> lose their point by overuse. If Seinfeld had been
> on TV 50 years ago, he probably wouldn't have used
> the term "soup nazi". It would have been too
> inflammatory. Now it's just mildly funny. We speak
> regularly of collaborators. 50 years ago that was a
> heavily loaded word. One could argue that the same
> thing is happening to racist and xenophobe, although
> I still find them pretty strong.
In the same vein but on a lighter side, does "sexy"
have anything to do with sex anymore?
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