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Saturday, 22 June 2013

NEGONYM.


I am working on the premise i have invented a new word or term. Negonym. That is, a hononym that has a modern precedent of having racial , sexist or homophobic connotations, and as such is no longer in wide use, or is in the process of vanishing. Negonym is a combination of negation and hononym.

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  1. Hmmm that could sure do the trick, sounds quite slick.

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  2. I can't think of any terms that would be considered a negonym.

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    1. Spade and spayed are hononyms which are also negonyms. Since the term spade has a modern racial connotation meaning its now falling out of use. 'Call a spade a spade' or 'black as the ace of spades' are now becoming less and less familiar to a modern audience due to self censorship.

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