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Key Term Definition
Feminism a
co l
l
e ct
ion
of moveme nts
aime d
at
de f
ini
ng,
e st
abli
shing,
and defendi
ng
equal
poli
ti
cal,
economic,
an d
social
ri
ghts
and
equ al
opport
unit
ies
for
w omen
Political Correctness a t
e r
m w hi
ch
den ot
es l
angu age,
ideas,
poli
ci
e s,
and behavi
or seen
a s
seeking
to mini
mize
soci
a l
and
i
nsti
tuti…read more

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Supe r
Poli
te
Fo r
ms La nguage used t
h at
Wo uld you
min d.
.?
mak es
some one Please
ma y I
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Mo dal
S i
mil
a r
t
o hedges, Sh oul
d ,
Could,
Const
ruct
ions/
Ver
bs e xpr
esses Wo ul
d ,
O ught
,
Ma y,
uncer
tai
n t
y,
avoidance C an
of
dir
e ct
opi
nion
Avoi
d Expl
eti
ves Al
so know n
as `
taboo'
`
sw ear
ing'
`
blaspheme '
Use
Indi
rect
U sed
to
a voi
d "
It
's
cold
in here,
i
sn'
t
Comma nds…read more

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FOUN D:
Lexi
cal
pai
rs
w her
e t
he mal
e t
erm suggest
s a
posi
ti
ve
att
ri
but
e
whi
le
the
femal
e t
erm suggest
s a
negat
ive
one.
FOR EXAMPLE:
Lor
d/Lady
Lor
d:
Suggest
s hi
gh
stat
us,
weal
th
Lady:
S i
mp ly sug ge st
s `
wo man'
,
is
mo r
e widel
y used,
has
under
gon e
semantic deterioration
(e.g.…read more

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