Archive for the ‘Sociolinguistics’ Category

What is “that”?

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” That quote introduced a fund-raising e-mail I received from the Mitt Romney campaign. As most people following the campaigns for President of the United States know by now, the quote is taken out of context. The current president, Barack Obama, did […]

Profane? No, merely vulgar.

Which words need to be bleeped out on television? Who is offended by what? Some explanation about why what is called profanity is not always profane, prompted by a recent court ruling overturning a fine by the FCC.

The Pragmatics of Convenience

Please read this post at your earliest convenience.