Most of us try to avoid offensive language.

But as language changes, the kind of language that’s considered offensive changes as well. Are there any words you use which may have some unsavoury connotations?

Linguist Daniel Midgley watches his words on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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“Have you got the morbs?” Some 1880s slang that is due for a big comeback. pic.twitter.com/27pGpUVtyi
— Jason Kapalka (@jasonkapalka) February 6, 2015

Ten old words we need to start re-using immediately
http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/ten-old-words-we-need-to-start-reusing-immediately–gyB1qfylsg

56 Delightful Victorian Slang Terms You Should Be Using
http://mentalfloss.com/article/53529/56-delightful-victorian-slang-terms-you-should-be-using

Are you a sauce box? 83 old slang phrases and their meanings
https://twitter.com/curiositydotcom/status/576459215549534208

University of Glasgow publishes online thesaurus featuring 800,000 words
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/u/university-of-glasgow-publishes-online-thesaurus-featuring-800000-words.1421325122

The Historical Thesaurus of English
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk

Terms for “inferior person”
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/category/?id=124716&qsearch=person&word=person&page=1

Terms for “drunk”
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/category/?id=46961&qsearch=drunk&word=drunk&page=1

An explainer of common gang expressions such as “cool” and “pot,” from this day in 1958. http://t.co/F7WPHOCR8Z pic.twitter.com/fE4P6Jxfkt
— NYT Archives (@NYTArchives) March 24, 2015

Communication Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/pages/communication-problems-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder.aspx

A New Look at Language Delay in Children With Autism
http://www.utexas.edu/news/2015/04/02/language-delay-autism/

Brain Imaging Explains Reason for Good and Poor Language Outcomes in ASD Toddlers
https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2015-04-09-brain-imaging-and-language-skills-in-ASD-toddlers.aspx

How to Express Possessives and Pronouns in American Sign Language
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-express-possessives-and-pronouns-in-sign-la.html

The Fruit With the World’s Most Racist Name
http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/the-fruit-with-the-worlds-most-racist-name-1599294613/+Ubertrout

Etymoline: kaffir
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=kaffir

Seven words you didn’t know were racist
http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/seven-words-you-didnt-know-were-racist-20150121-12v2cv.html

Dairy Farmers: Coon cheese – Our history
http://www.coon.com.au

Coon’s patent
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/1579196.pdf

Coon cheese is racist, says activist Stephen Hagan
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/is-coon-cheese-really-racist/story-e6freoof-1111117595563

Redskins and chicos survive despite racist overtones
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/redskins-and-chicos-survive-despite-racist-overtones/story-fneuz8wn-1226666868983

Geoffrey Nunberg: When Slang Becomes a Slur
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/06/a-linguist-on-why-redskin-is-racist-patent-overturned/373198/

When is a word a slur? One linguist argues Big Data can help tell
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/04/07/when-is-a-word-a-slur-one-linguist-argues-big-data-can-help-tell/

Michael Sunderland of VICE: ​It’s Hard out Here for a Twink
http://www.vice.com/read/its-hard-out-here-for-a-twink-456

Dan Savage – Twink: The Other T-Slur
http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/02/24/21776160/twink-the-other-t-slur

Some historical words relating to homosexuality
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/category/?id=57878&qsearch=gay&word=gay&page=1

Rober Shure’s Twink
http://robertshureauthor.com/robert-shure-twink-plus/

Brontosaurus is Back! New Study Finds They Aren’t Apatosaurs After All
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/04/07/brontosaurus-is-back/

Brontosaurus, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brontosaurus


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