Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A derogatory or unpleasant term used instead of a pleasant or neutral one.The opposite of euphemism
- ‘Holder explains that labeling a word or expression as euphemistic or dysphemistic is, of necessity, subjective; ‘one woman's euphemism is another man's dysphemism.’’
- ‘Euphemism and dysphemism - Language is used as shield and weapon.’
- ‘Aside from this confusion, this use of homicide as a dysphemism for suicide obscures the singular depravity of suicide terrorism.’
- ‘Now the honest word secondhand is relegated to the ash heap of dysphemism.’
- ‘Of course, this comes from the rebel psychologist for whom diagnostic psychiatry is an authoritarian priesthood, and ‘insanity’ an institutional dysphemism for ‘minority.’’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.