the new "euphemism"

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 23 07:19:34 UTC 2013

So, give us a technical term for the process. **auto-antonymization??
Step 1: <naughty word> --> <euphemism 'nice replacement word'>
Step 2: <naughty word> = <other naughty word(s)>
I.e. the word <euphemism> has become an *auto-antonym*. <euphemism> can
mean either 'nice replacement word' for 'naughty word' or 'alternative
naughty word' for 'naughty word'.

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