eastern and western

Kenneth Gauck (C558382@MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU)
Wed, 27 Jul 1994 17:11:34 CDT

Rather, I think our thoughts shape our understanding of language. If the
role is a valued one, the name of the role will be understood to be
positive. Often, outright insults will become valued titles if the
meaning of the insult is embraced. Tory and Whig are two examples.
Certainly there are examples of words being abandonded because the
connotation is unwanted, but it seems to me that there is almost always
a political motivation. The word master was abandonded by the American
working class because of the slave/free contraversy in labor. The Dutch
word "boss" was used in its place, despite meaning about the same thing.
American laborers don't seem to have known the origins of many Dutch words.

Kennth Gauck