More euphemisms: "pervasive language"

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Sat Mar 17 03:13:07 UTC 2012

Yes, agreed, by our old definition of "language". But if "language" now
means "offensive language" in this context, then "mild language" means "mild
offensive language" as opposed to "strong offensive language", and
"pervasive language" means "pervasive offensive language".


> I do get it.  Although if "language" means "offensive or obscene
> language", it can't be "mild".
> But -- "Mild" I can understand -- it's a quality.  "Obscene" or
> "blasphemous" I can understand.  But "pervasive" I can't place on a
> scale.  "Pervasive offensive language" would make sense for an R, as
> opposed to "occasional offensive language" meriting a PG, or whatever.
> Joel

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