The online message boards Terms of Service dictate that abusive language of any kind, including derogatory epithets, will result in the termination of the offending partys account.
"The term 'RINO' (Republican In Name Only) has become an epithet of ideological enforcement ." -- From an op-ed piece by Jonah Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times, December 27, 2011
- DID YOU KNOW?
Nowadays, "epithet" is usually used negatively, with the meaning "a derogatory word or phrase," but it wasn't always that way. "Epithet" comes to us via Latin from the Greek noun "epitheton" and ultimately derives from "epitithenai," meaning "to put on" or "to add." In its oldest sense, an "epithet" is simply a descriptive word or phrase, especially one joined by fixed association to the name of someone or something (as in "Peter the Great" or the stock Homeric phrases "gray-eyed Athena" and "wine-dark sea"). Alternatively, epithets may be used in place of a name (as in "the Peacemaker" or "the Eternal"). These neutral meanings of "epithet" are still in use, but today the word is more often used in its negative "term of disparagement" sense.
Test Your Memory: What is the meaning of "echelon," our Word of the Day from December 22, 2011? The answer is ...
- MORE WORDS OF THE DAY
- FEATURED ITEM FROM OUR STORE
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP