Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 13:34:48 -0400
From: Tom McClive tommcc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EMAIL.UNC.EDU
Subject: Re: Is "conservative" a slander word?
On Tue, 25 Oct 1994, Bethany Dumas, UTK wrote:
In response to my post about the use of "that word" in KNoxville, Roger
Vanderveen asked whether I use it [the word "conservative"] "in general
to slander conservatives." ?!? I find it astonishing that one might be
taken to be "slandering" conservatives by calling them conservatives. Can
one slander someone by calling by the label that rightfully belongs to
them? Or has the word "conservative" become non-PC without my noticing that
that has happened?
I am reminded of the 1988 American presidental campaign, when the George
Bush team tried, and succeed, to turn "liberal" into a tabboo word.
Micheal Dukakis was compelled to avoid its use and its label; in fact it
was a major news story the day that Dukakis finally decided to adopt it
and call himself a liberal. His attemps to detabboo it failed; it is of
course still being used now in this election season to bash the democrats.
To address an earlier post, I do believe that a single word can become a
euphonism. Once people agree on a context, almost any word or phrase
will do I remember a company I worked for that used the word
"opportunity" instead of the word "problem". This eventually carried
over to all forms of conversation and the word "opportunity" expanded and
became a joke.
University of North Carolina
tommcc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]email.unc.edu