Example sentences for: pejoration

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  • My own observation is that Informal might be undergoing its own round of pejoration -- these things sometimes go in cycles -- and, in a reference book I recently completed, which will be published by Oxford University Press in the autumn of 1991, I have chosen to return to Colloq . As the book is in machine-readable form, should the publisher decide, in a generation's time, to switch back to Informal , the change can be readily accommodated by performing a simple substitution program on a computer, and all the Colloqs will become Infs before you know it.

  • The word phenomenon is called pejoration , or degeneration , and it usually involves a change of meaning, rarely the disappearance of a word.

  • Vulgar , which really means no more than `unrefined,' is rarely encountered in modern dictionaries as a label because people have taken to designating four-letter words as vulgar, illustrating the semantic process known as pejoration `depreciation,' the opposite of melioration . Today we should probably consider labeling Great!

  • Certainly, to critique fills a gap left by the pejoration of criticize , and in any event is not new, having appeared in 1751.

  • Because dictionary users became accustomed to seeing words and senses of which they disapproved (in formal contexts) bearing the Colloquial label, the word colloquial began to undergo pejoration itself.

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