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Words that think for us

by Edward Skidelsky from Prospect No words are more typical of our moral culture than “inappropriate” and “unacceptable.” They seem bland, gentle even, yet they carry the full force of official power. When you hear them, you feel that you are being tied up with little pieces of soft string. Inappropriate and unacceptable began their modern careers in [...]
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"the single word and two syllables of 'titwank' is more euphonious than the staccato polysyllabism needed to describe the action in less 'vulgar' language"

by Rebecca Attwood from Times Higher Education When Alan McKee submitted a paper on pornography to a leading social science journal, he did not attempt to spare readers’ blushes. But the language he used did more than raise eyebrows: it earned him a ticking-off from the academic referees who reviewed the paper. “Certain language used in this study is [...]
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