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Comment by Idea10 on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-06-10T22:30:07.227Z · LW · GW

if they were using the slur to encompass the whole group and got caught by a euphemism treadmill

In that case, I don't see what social purpose is served by encouraging the euphemism treadmill to spin faster and can think of some negative effects of doing so. For example, previously written work, which uses the old term will be more likely to "trigger" people thus causing people to be cut off from the past. Also it causes people to confuse changing a word with changing reality.

Comment by Idea10 on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-06-10T22:29:49.176Z · LW · GW

In those cases the people declaring said words to be "slurs" are probably up to no good, i.e., trying to restrict language to keep people from noticing the patterns implied by the "slurs".

if they were using the slur to encompass the whole group and got caught by a euphemism treadmill

Comment by Idea10 on Expressive Vocabulary · 2018-06-10T22:29:06.484Z · LW · GW

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could use words that actually mean what we want them to mean?

Unfortunately, this is incredibly hard to do. It's much easier to notice patterns than identify the relevant property. For example:

Also, "natural", probably means "something that was common 10 thousand years ago".

is wrong. Nearly all ecosystems have been heavily modified by human presence since 10 thousand years ago.