[Ads-l] guttural

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 10 13:38:22 UTC 2015

On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 8:01 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> CNN reports that racist chanting at OU has evinced a "guttural reaction."
> That means 'visceral.'  See, _viscera_ is just an exclusionary word for
> _gut_. So _guttural_ makes more sense. Unless you're over-educated.

Back in '05 I wrote a Language Log post about how "guttural" gets
reinterpreted as either "low-down, vulgar" (influenced by "gutter") or
"visceral, intense" (influenced by "gut").



Ben Zimmer

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