Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 17:33:44 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" Subject: Consistency of Usage In response to my comment about the use of "that word" in Knoxville, Roger Vanderveen asked whether I "always use [conservative] as a euphemism for bigoted." Well, I don't know whether I do or not. I suspect that I sometimes use it to mean "Republican" and sometimes use it to mean "non- liberal" or "non-Liberal." I am certain that I use it to describe Wm Buckley who m I do not think to be bigoted. But the interesting question here, I think, is tha t about consistency of usage. Do speakers in general use euphemisms in highlyy predictable ways such that that are highly restricted in meaning? It seems to me that if a speaker always used the word "conservtive" as a synonym for, say, "bigoted," that would be an interesting pattern. I don't know whether speakers do that or not, but would be interesting to know if anyone has examined that question.