One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used in place of such words as “liberal,” “lesbian,” and “love,” in contexts where the word is regarded as having negative or taboo connotations.
- ‘But when Bush used the L-word in the second presidential debate, Kerry did not defend that proud progressive tradition.’
- ‘But the right's attempt at making the L-word the equivalent of a swear alienated too many people and gave them a cause, martyred the numerous innocent.’
- ‘Earlier this month, Jones' campaign began running a television ad that that saddles Riordan with the L-word.’
- ‘Commentators across the country expressed their shock and horror at hearing the L-word used in political debate.’
- ‘Anyway, today Jonah wrote a great bit and managed to use the L-word without me feeling any sudden need to throw my mouse at the screen.’
- ‘American liberalism has transformed itself into the L-word, a curse to be avoided even by some of its foremost champions, such as John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi.’
- ‘Moreover, the issues in this campaign are different from those of 16 years ago, when the elder Bush branded Dukakis with the dreaded L-word.’
1980s: on the pattern of F-word.
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