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Bad Words

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172485
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0004
 Bad Words

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This chapter explores the relativity of vocabulary choice. Its main goals are both to examine how some words are bad, and to reinforce the view that effective usage is less a matter of permanent fixed traditions than it is a matter of flexible and contextual conventions. Topics discussed include cursing in the media and the arts, offensive language, bad words as social construction, slang as bad language, and political correctness.

Keywords: vocabulary choice; cursing; offensive language; bad words; slang; bad language; political correctness

Chapter.  11635 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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