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Linguistic Linguine With Anger Sauce [Aug. 27th, 2008|04:20 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper

What is the language of anger other than a recitation of socially inappropriate nouns and verbs?

[User Picture]From: catness
2008-08-28 03:06 am (UTC)

I'm not actually sure what you're asking, if in fact you're asking anything at all.

Edited at 2008-08-28 07:07 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-08-28 04:17 am (UTC)
I was thinking about how people express anger - using words like "fuck, fuck you, asshole, shit, motherfucker, go screw," etc.

If you break these types of words down into categories, they're all (1) bodily fluids, (2) the orifices that emit those bodily fluids, (3) acts normally done in private, and (4) insults to one's ancestry (usually including bodily fluids, orifices, and acts normally done in private).

I find it interesting that "shit" and "asshole" can be expressions of anger while "mucus" and "mouth" are not (although "snotty" is on the line).

And that lead me to wonder about what other language we use to express anger. Was there something beyond these meta-categories?

People went with some really interesting interpretations that I wasn't expecting and that's AWESOME, actually. Really interesting response and a wake-up that my thinking had gotten into a particular rut.
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