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Euphemism and dysphemism are frequently the result of these taboos. In its conception, the Tongan word taboo refers to forbidden behavior. PDF | Euphemism and dysphemism are two cognitive processes of conceptualisation, with countervalent effects (having the same base and resources but. A Comparative Study of Euphemism and Dysphemism in English and Arabic with Special Reference to Political Discourse Council for Innovative Research.

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Similar deformations can be found in jokes: An expansion and refinement of ideas on X-phemism contained in Allan and Burridgebut with a greater emphasis on taboo and censorship both the institutionalized and self-imposed censoring of language.

Euphemism and Dysphemism

Related Articles about About Related Articles close popup. In my opinion, the positive features of this characterization centre on two aspects: The term “euphemism treadmill”, [10] coined by Steven Pinkerdescribes this process, in which terms with an emotionally charged referent that were once euphemisms become dysphemistic by association with the referent.

For more information or to contact an Oxford Sales Representative click here. Likewise, there are several mechanisms with an expressive base, corresponding to different linguistic levels, which make use of these phenomena in order to modulate, substitute, alter or modify a certain forbidden concept or reality.

Euphemism and Dysphemism

Worded simply, a dysphemism is a derogatory or unpleasant term used instead of a pleasant or neutral one, such as “loony bin” for “mental hospital”. In this frame eupbemism analysis we can situate some of the more recent formulations on euphemism, such as those made by Armenta Moreno [b: Sefer Zikkaron… Benjamin de Vriesff. When a person uses another’s name rather than an appropriate kinship term or title dyspnemism address. Sign in with your library card.


Look at the brazen hussies, the… sows! The biblical examples pertain to idolatry: A study that emphasizes the linguistic and cognitive features shared between X-phemism and metaphor.


The whole thing started with job titles. Some scholars have also assumed a similar pointing for the Hebrew word, tofet, tefet cf. Urine is called “the water of the feet” Ker. Some phrases that are euphemisms in certain contexts can be considered dysphemistic in others.

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The American Heritage Dictionary. Sometimes slight modifications of dysphemisms can make them acceptable: Allan and Burridge is a pioneering linguistic treatment.

The biblical examples pertain to idolatry: Geiger, Ha-Mikra ve-Targumavff.

Eissfeldt, Molk als Opferbegriff ; S. Euphemisms are extensively used in the Talmud and Midrash. It should, however, be pointed out that the rabbis are not always consistent euphemiam their avoidance of unpleasant expressions cf.

The lexical creations of Coll [ In its conception, the Tongan word taboo refers to abd behavior, forbidden because it is believed that such behavior is dangerous to certain individuals or to the society as a whole. So everyone will know what I mean] and putocracia: Old Polynesia supplied evidence of the sorts of taboos on bad manners akin to those of contemporary societies; these taboos are merely social sanctions placed on behavior regarded as distasteful or impolite within a given social context.


However, and this is a paradoxical aspect of taboo, this word must continue to exist as a forbidden element]. A dysphemism is a marked form which expresses a speaker’s view or attitude towards the listener or euphe,ism, as opposed to a form that is typical of the speaker’s speech.

Euphemisms and Dysphemisms – Linguistics – Oxford Bibliographies

The rabbis even regard the use of the phrase “eating bread” in Genesis Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Browse Index Euhpemism Keywords.

Likewise many X-phemisms regarding sexual intercourse could be considered euphemistic within peer groups yet dysphemistic in certain audiences. Lexis Journal in English Lexicology Briefly: The process of pejoration leads to words that were once considered euphemisms to now be considered dysphemisms. Likewise, in one of the most recent monographic works on euphemism, Horak [