Volume 17 · Number 1 · Pages 015–017
There Are More Euphemisms and Dysphemisms in Heaven and Earth Than One Might Think

Andreas Gardt

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Abstract

Open peer commentary on the article “Euphemisms vs. Dysphemisms, or How we Construct Good and Bad Language” by Andrey S. Druzhinin. Abstract: Druzhinin claims euphemisms and dysphemisms do not exist because it is only the specific communicative situation that determines meaning. Moreover, the author claims that language is not “some material existing somewhere,” ready to be used by the speakers. I question these views by pointing out that euphemisms and dysphemisms may well be listed in dictionaries on the basis of their standard use/meaning. As regards the use of language, if there were no pre-existing grammar and vocabulary that we all share, we could not communicate at all. To say that we use language is quite compatible with stating that it influences our thinking and being to a high degree.

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Gardt A. (2021) There are more euphemisms and dysphemisms in heaven and earth than one might think. Constructivist Foundations 17(1): 015–017. https://constructivist.info/17/1/015

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