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What is a word for when a derogatory form of address is used affectionately?

In linguistics, reappropriation (also known as "reclamation" and "resignification") is when a group reappropriates words that were previously used in a way disparaging of that ...
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What is a word for when a derogatory form of address is used affectionately?

I think you need dysphemisms Dysphemisms involve the use of negative instead of positive expressions, although not all are intended to be rude. They can be used in an affectionate and light-hearted ...
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How is UK "bloody" understood in the US in 2022?

The poster asks a sociological question about the comprehension of the language of one English-speaking culture by another. Within the question he expands by asking “Are there research tools that ...
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How is UK "bloody" understood in the US in 2022?

In the US, bloody project sounds like you're trying to make a minced oath out of 'blood', but replacing some unknown taboo word. It is very tame sounding, and the only thing it evokes to a US ...
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How is UK "bloody" understood in the US in 2022?

I can't give any specific resources, but as an American who has some experience with British media, whether it is Harry Potter, other British movies, or various British Youtubers, I've never really ...
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Where does the pejorative meaning of "shower" come from?

The US has the expression 'shit shower', meaning when all went wrong, or we can label a person or persons as a 'shit shower', meaning they can do abs. nothing right.
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Stop being a pu@$y ... divergence from original meaning and current usage?

Pussy used to be a common, perfectly innocent way of referring to a domestic cat, and in Victorian times was extended to be a nickname for a little girl. c.f. Rosa, the protagonist's young fiancée in ...
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Stop being a pu@$y ... divergence from original meaning and current usage?

That's the first I've ever heard about 'pusillanimous' having anything to do with the etymology of 'pussy'. I'd be very surprised if there's any truth in it. 'Pusillanimous' entered the language in ...
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