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Boo & Hooray: Dysphemisms and Euphemisms Kindle Edition
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A boo-word or dysphemism is 'a nasty word for an OK thing' but also contains 'an implied sneer' and both boo- and hooray- words are intended to 'obliterate an opposing viewpoint'. There's some obvious overlap with political correctness and there are hints that the author has had at least her (un)fair share of sexist put-downs, though in such a situation, she would probably be swift and inventive with a put-down of her own. It's difficult to choose from so many good examples but among the more inventive ones, I particularly liked: 'Church planting = Trotskyite entryism by charismatic groups. Executive home = large ugly house on tiny plot too near a lot of others exactly the same. Materialism = the wrong people spending money on naff things, the wrong people making more money than us, chavs buying vulgar things. Ruritania is not ready for democracy = we really do need to go on torturing people for a bit'. A 'chance excellence review' seems to be KFC's term for a spot check.
The world-view tends to the Guardianista (definitely a boo-word) rather than the - well - Telegraphista but probably not to the extent of 'commie pinko/ fag/strident feminist/Leninist, member of a cabal that wants to take our money and spend it on useless wind farms'. She says, in a rather un-Guardianista way that 'If you say "everybody can sing", all you're doing is redefining non-singing as singing, which doesn't really help anybody. And we have to find a new way of defining the difference between Jeremy Hardy and Kiri Te Kanawa.'
Not many belly-laughs but hardly a page without several chuckles and of course, like all dictionary-type books, it's perfect for dipping into.