coarseness update

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 9 20:40:41 UTC 2012

Not homophobic or sexist... It's become a reverse euphemism for being
fully subordinate--no sexual innuendo attached. Sinophobic? For sure!


PS: Do we have a standard term what I just called "reverse euphemism"?
Choosing a coarse expression to amplify something that can easily be
described without it? Slur is not quite right in this case...

On 3/8/2012 10:29 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> ...
> And middle-aged businessguy Peter Kiernan is interviewed on CNN about his
> hot-selling _Becoming China's Bitch_.
> Quasi-obscene? Sexist? Sinophobic? Homophobic? (why not "China's Punk"?)
> You judge.
> ...

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