Originally Posted by HaHa
This is excellent! Now I understand where our very own monitor, Cutthroat, gets his name...
Oops! On further reading, I realize that I have unwittingly employed a dysphemism.
"Dysphemism and its antonym, euphemism, are often two sides of the same coin.
A guerrilla in neutral language might be called freedom-fighter by some
while a terrorist by others. Novelist and story-writer Nathaniel Hawthorne
summed it well when he wrote, "Words - so innocent and powerless as they are,
as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the
hands of one who knows how to combine them."
This can get very intense. I think I may have a fatal attraction for dysphemistic discourse.