[Corpora-List] Categories of insults

Emad Mohamed emohamed at umail.iu.edu
Mon Apr 14 16:28:30 CEST 2014

Thank you all for the great tips and pointers. My investigation is focused on Arabic insults. This is why I was looking for some sort of categorization. I'll start out with the books on swearing, and I believe they will be useful. insulting using non-insulting words sound very interesting, and it could be my next step. Thank you Mike Maxwell.

Thank you all. I appreciate your help.

On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM, Mike Maxwell <maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu>wrote:

> On 4/14/2014 4:01 AM, Alexander Osherenko wrote:
>> ...
>> If you are looking for insult words, you can take these taboo words or
>> you can
>> collect words with high negative meaning from different corpora of
>> affective
>> words, for example, Whissell's Dictionary of Affective Language. Such
>> affective
>> words are simultaneously insult words.
> I don't think anyone has mentioned yet insults that use what would
> otherwise be non-insult words, but where the entire cultural context
> implies something insulting:
> three fries short of a happy meal
> his elevator doesn't get to the top floor
> the light's on, but no one's home
> not the brightest bulb on the tree
> not the sharpest knife in the drawer
> There are a more examples here:
> http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/a+few+fries+short+of+a+Happy+Meal
> http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=26589
> https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090301101956AAcWXQI
> --
> Mike Maxwell
> maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu
> "My definition of an interesting universe is
> one that has the capacity to study itself."
> --Stephen Eastmond

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