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Unformatted text preview: eplaced by euphemisms • (for example, ‘bear’ > ‘bär’ probably meant bear’ ‘brown one’; in Slavic words for bear derive from ‘honey eater’) INDV101 – Fall 2007 Word taboos • Common sources of word taboo, crosscrosslinguistically – Powerful animals (wolf, bear) – Powerful beings & religion (gods, spirits) – Death • Less commonly, cross-linguistically – crossbut often found in European languages – Sexuality and bodily functions INDV101 – Fall 2007 American English Taboos? • • • • • Words for: Body parts Sexual activities Excretion Most religious taboos are less powerful than these. How to curse in Quebecois • Words for sexuality and bodily functions are not taboo. • But if you want to shock someone, say this: • “Oh, tabernacle!” or tabernacle!” “Chalice!” Chalice!” • (But say it in Quebecois) • Taboo words relate to the church (also, in Irish…) Irish… INDV101 – Fall 2007 INDV101 – Fall 2007 5 Why do we care? • Word taboos tell us about the linguistic ideology of a community • They give us information about the cultural context in which they occur • • • • “7 Dirty Words you can’t say on TV” George Carlin, 1972 – “Filthy Words” Words” Arr...
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