Monthly Archives: March 2019

Why Are Four-Letter Words Finding Their Way Into Mainstream Media News Reports?

carousel_image_10d3635a0926437c9e30_IMG_1026Five years ago, when a U.S. diplomat used a four-letter word to express her frustration with the European Union, most media reports did not include the word she used.

Lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower was troubled by the omission, and in a New York Times opinion piece, he argued that the media was behind the times and that the exclusion of words – even four-letter words – made it difficult for readers to fully comprehend the significance of news reports. Continue reading

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