Saturday, July 18, 2015


John McWorter has a long piece over at the Wall St. Journal about evolving taboos in language.

"Taboos are about what we fear. In one era, it is the wrath of God; in another, hanky-panky; in ours, the defamation of groups."

That corresponds to some general cultural trends.

God has been deflated,
Sex has been degraded,
Groups have been elevated.

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