more on dog whistles

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sun Apr 6 16:15:42 UTC 2014

Geoff Nu/nberg wrote on the 5th:
the figure is designed to avoid unambiguously suggesting certain social attitudes to listeners who disapprove of them (as distinct from euphemisns, which enable the speaker to avoid uttering a coextensive term that some listeners find unsavory).  “Obliquity” conveys one part of this, and “conivinutation” nicely conveys the other, though neither is a word they would let you use on public radio.

apparently a total neologism, not in any dictionary i could find, or attested on the net.  and maybe i'm just in a dense mood, but i don't see how to parse/derive it or figure out what it means.  help!


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