[Ads-l] "hail" = characterize

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 9 15:55:25 UTC 2023

Must be that for every "enormity" or "notorious" or "terribly" that has had
its pejorative stink bleached out, there's a "hail" that has bleached in
the opposite direction, although I've never encountered this one before.
The second law of lexical thermodynamics?


On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 10:13 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Daily Beast,
> https://www.yahoo.com/news/inside-ku-klux-klan-plan-032610250.html :
> *The Birth of a Nation* set the technical and artistic standards for the
> up-and-coming movie industry and became propaganda for Klan recruitment as
> it hailed Black people as sexual predators, political deviants, idiots, and
> wastes of space when not in positions of servitude.
> JL
> --
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