I’ve been reading Language Making Nature by David Lukas with friends and am inspired by conversation around the chapter “Taboo Names” to start a thread about euphemisms. “Unlike in traditional societies, where many important taboos are centered around food animals or highly charged places, perceived offenses in modern societies tend to be centered around sex, excretion, and religion.” I’ve been having fun lately with the E-Prime challenge thread and hope to start something similar here. I challenge you to choose a category such as—
—and offer up some new words aimed at getting to the heart of what’s going on. Or maybe just find affectionate new ways of describing societal “taboos” more honestly.