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Censorship

Censorship can be defined as “the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, authorities or other groups or institutions” (Wikipedia). In the context of taboo, censorship may be used to […]

Insults and Profanity

Perhaps understandably, you may not study the language of insults too much at school! But studying language that cultures find offensive can tell you much about societies. What makes a word rude? Read a selection of the following articles, beginning with Swearing by Bill Bryson, to find out […]

Euphemism

“The van’s load is usually nine per square yard. In Saurer vehicles, which are very spacious, maximum use of space is impossible, not because of any possible overload, but because loading to full capacity would affect the vehicle’s stability. So reduction of the load space seems necessary. It […]

Taboo Or Not Taboo

Societies have developed a plethora of words and expressions to deal with taboo subjects: either to avoid mentioning them at all, or to smooth the rough edges of reality. As you’ve already discovered, religion was one of the first English taboos, but it certainly wasn’t the last. Take the […]