Monday, December 01, 2008

The power of language

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The Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television
Steven Pinker

Overuse of taboo words blunts their emotional edge

Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find, sings a happy Bard, in one of his poems. “My words are dull; O, quicken them with thine!” invites Queen Elizabeth, in King Richard III. “Words are words; I never yet did hear that the bruised heart was pierced through the ear,” wonders Brabantio, in Othello. Alas, most people don’t see it that way, writes Steven Pinker in The Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television.


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