Виталий Е. Ермолин, студент холодных вод (seminarist) wrote,
Виталий Е. Ермолин, студент холодных вод
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Verbicide

...The greatest cause of verbicide is the fact that most people are obviously far more anxious to express their approval or disapproval of things than to describe them. Hence the tendency of words to become less descriptive and more evaluative; then to become evaluative, while still retaining some hint of the sort of goodness or badness implied; and to end up by being purely evaluative - useless synonyms for good or bad. (...) Rotten, paradoxically has become so completely a synonym for 'bad' that we now have to say bad when we mean 'rotten'.

C. S. Lewis, Studies in Words, 1960
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