James, intrigued by the aforementioned term and the phrase ‘the anesthetic of the familiar’, sent me a link to a short description of a talk by Steven Pinker. I was particularly intrigued by the word ‘dysphemism’, which apparently refers to the opposite of a euphemism. From Wikipedia:
In language, both dysphemism and cacophemism refer to the usage of an intentionally harsh word or expression instead of a polite one; they are rough opposites of euphemism…Examples of dysphemism include Ã¢â‚¬Å“dead tree editionÃ¢â‚¬Â for the paper version of an online magazine, or the American military personnelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s use of Ã¢â‚¬Å“shit on a shingleÃ¢â‚¬Â for their common breakfast of creamed chipped beef on toast.
Now, to use it in conversation three times. That shouldn’t be too hard, should it?
Darren, off subject – but do you use Facebook regularly?
Bobby: Lately, I use it mostly to lose at Scrabble.
In truth, I don’t use it all that much. I update my status periodically, I play Scrabble on it, I check out new apps that my friends have tried. I sometimes use it to organize or indicate my attendance of events.
It’s also been entertaining to reconnect with old friends and classmates–it’s an excellent engine for that.
Occasionally I use it for professional purposes, creating and promoting a group or event for one of our clients.
In short, it’s got more uses than most social networks for me, but I haven’t become addicted.
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