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 Why are many few-syllable words in English derogatory or ironic? (8)

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Why are many few-syllable words in English derogatory or ironic?

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Why are many few-syllable words in English derogatory or ironic?

Hello I:

Shit, I dunno.

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I think the answer is almost always never ;)

JustIgnoreMe(4334) Clarified
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sometimes

That's a strong maybe ;)

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Good point, take abbreviation for instance.

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I think it's because you don't need many syllables to be ironic or derogatory. In the old days, it would have taken four syllables to say for-ni-cate thou. Today you can do it in 2. Some would call it an "advancement" in English, but, I have my doubts. ;-)

life has a funny, funny way of helping you out...

;-)

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call me crazy, but wouldn't a cunning linguist be the person to ask that question of?

JustIgnoreMe(4334) Clarified
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surely a cunning linguist could lick the problem...

;-P

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Oh no! I'm more innocent than I gave myself credit for, I actually used the word linguist and that idea never entered my mind!

I really am getting old, oh my poor wasted youth, how far I have fallen!

Oh wait! I can STILL change it!

There, I changed it! Maybe I'll get some youth back as a result???