More euphemisms: "pervasive language"

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Sat Mar 17 13:27:51 UTC 2012

On 3/17/12 12:01 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> Date:    Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:59:40 -0400
> From:    "Joel S. Berson"<Berson at ATT.NET>
> Subject: More euphemisms:  "pervasive language"
>   From the capsule attached to a review of the movie "21 Jump Street"
> by Wesley Morris in today's Boston Globe:
> Rated: R (crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug
> material, teen drinking, and some violence)"

So here's my question: is it "pervasive" that is including the idea of
foulness/offensive/crude language or is it "language" that is including
the idea of the nastiness of it? In this ellision, which term is
carrying the implied connotation? Does it matter?

And is it an intentional phrasing, or did something get dropped
accidentally? How pervasive is "pervasive language", Joel?

---Amy West

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