Euphemisms often evolve over time into taboo words themselves, through a process described by W.V.O. Quine,[citation needed] and more recently dubbed the "euphemism treadmill" by Steven Pinker. (cf. Gresham’s Law in economics). This is the well-known linguistic process known as ‘pejoration’ or ‘semantic change’.

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Posted: September 23rd, 2010
at 1:35pm by Black Ock


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