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18th Aug '17 8:55:01 AM mouschilight
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8th Aug '17 8:19:33 AM yanqui9
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*** This has been true for quite some time. My elderly mother born in the 1930s would get embarrassed and scold me if I said ''huevos.'' She would say ''blancios''(sp?) for eggs (lit ''little white things'').
1st Jul '17 7:14:45 PM BURGINABC
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Some of these examples result from the ''euphemism treadmill'', whereby terms are repeatedly replaced as the previous word falls into such a state of misuse that it cannot be recovered. The words "idiot", "moron", and "imbecile" started as clinical terms, referring to people with [=IQs=] below 75, 50, and 25, respectively. As these terms fell into common use as insults, they were replaced by a kinder and gentler term: "retarded". Nowadays, "retarded" is considered so virulent that [[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112479383&ps=cprs some people want it classified as hate speech]]. The term used to describe people with life-changing diseases or injuries followed a similar path, from "crippled" to "disabled" to "handicapped" to "physically challenged"; when terms like "handi-capable" and "differently abled" were proposed, it came across as PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad and people generally agreed to stop messing with it.

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Some of these examples result from the ''euphemism treadmill'', whereby terms are repeatedly replaced as the previous word falls into such a state of misuse that it cannot be recovered. The words "idiot", "moron", and "imbecile" started as clinical terms, referring to people with [=IQs=] below 75, 50, and 25, respectively. As these terms fell into common use as insults, they were replaced by a kinder and gentler term: "retarded". Nowadays, After decades of ''that'' being used as an insult, "retarded" is now considered so virulent offensive that [[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112479383&ps=cprs some people want it classified as hate speech]]. The term used to describe people with life-changing diseases or injuries followed a similar path, from "crippled" to "disabled" to "handicapped" to "physically challenged"; when terms like "handi-capable" and "differently abled" were proposed, it came across as PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad and people generally agreed to stop messing with it.
1st Jul '17 6:44:38 PM BURGINABC
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** The TropeNamer is of course based on the word "gay", which once meant "happy, carefree, joyful". It started to take on its modern meaning in the 1930s, but continued to be used in its original sense throughout TheForties and TheFifties (although frankly, the word was used so often, and so gratuitously, that one has to seriously wonder whether it all wasn't a case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar).

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** The TropeNamer is of course based on the word "gay", which once meant "happy, carefree, joyful". It started to take on its modern meaning in the 1930s, but continued to be used in its original sense throughout TheForties and TheFifties (although frankly, the word was used so often, and so gratuitously, that one has to seriously wonder whether it all wasn't a case if some of these later cases were deliberate attempts at GettingCrapPastTheRadar).
26th Jun '17 1:15:44 PM Adeon
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* The original usage of Pilot referred to sailor who guided ships through dangerous or congested waters. While it is still used in that sense the newer definition of aircraft pilot is a lot more common and the original usage can sound strange to modern ears (for example in ''Theater/PiratesOfPenzance'').
11th Jun '17 3:44:04 PM nombretomado
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* {{XBox Live|Arcade}} once suspended a Fort Gay, West Virginia resident for putting the town's name as his profile location. That user brought it up with customer service, trying to convince them that Fort Gay is a real location, and had nothing to do with sexual orientation.

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* {{XBox UsefulNotes/{{XBox Live|Arcade}} once suspended a Fort Gay, West Virginia resident for putting the town's name as his profile location. That user brought it up with customer service, trying to convince them that Fort Gay is a real location, and had nothing to do with sexual orientation.
2nd May '17 9:52:01 AM esq263
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* In politics, terms now reserved for very bad leaders were once neutral terms. The term "despot" was a title given to members of the Byzantine royal family. A "tyrant" was a monarch who did not inherit his position. A "dictator" was a Roman official who held absolute power for six months during times of emergency.

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* In politics, terms now reserved for very bad leaders were once neutral terms. The term "despot" was a title given to members of the Byzantine royal family. A "tyrant" was a an ancient Greek monarch who did not inherit his position. A "dictator" was a Roman official who held absolute power for six months during times of emergency.
2nd May '17 9:41:30 AM esq263
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* In politics, terms now reserved for very bad leaders were once neutral terms. The term "despot" was a title given to members of the Byzantine royal family. A "tyrant" was a monarch who did not inherit his position. A "dictator" was a Roman official who held absolute power for six months during times of emergency.
* The Nazis ruined many terms for the Germans. The term "Reich", once used to mean "state" or "realm", and still used in the Lord's Prayer, is now almost universally associated with the Third Reich". The term "Fuehrer", which meant "leader" or "guide", is now associated exclusively with Hitler; other uses are found only in compound words. The term "Kamerad", meaning "comrade", having been adopted as a Nazi form of address, is no longer used outside of compound words such as Klassenkameraden (classmates). Even the Communists use "Genosse" where, in other languages, they use "comrade".
7th Mar '17 11:50:26 AM Tiffzilla
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13th Feb '17 7:08:52 AM Morgenthaler
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[-[[caption-width-right:207:How was this [[AccidentalInnuendo an]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar accident]], you ask? Time, good friends, time.]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:207:How [-[[caption-width-right:216:How was this [[AccidentalInnuendo an]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar accident]], you ask? Time, good friends, time.]]-]
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