35231Re: [Czechlist] Euphemisms WAS: rescue medication
- Jan 4, 2008There's something comical like this in American education. Always
wanting to soften the blow of failure on students, the education
community started to stigmatize the use of red ink for marking
papers. Supposedly the red color is a bit shocking and can negatively
affect the recipient's self-esteem, thereby discouraging his or her
further academic endeavors.
However, although green is supposed to be a friendlier color for that,
pretty soon it freaks students out as much as red used to.
When my boss suggested I not use red ink for the reasons above, I
pointed out to him who our students are: They've dodged machine gun
fire to escape their countries, seen their neighbors hacked to death
with machetes, fought in guerilla wars, been kidnapped and tortured by
Muslim terrorists and had a host of other self-esteem affecting
experiences. Those who haven't been through those tragedies come from
countries where teachers bark out the test grades in front of the
entire class, or where the grades are even read on the radio. I fail
to see how red ink will bother them.
On Jan 4, 2008, at 10:06 AM, Martin Janda wrote:
> Yeah, people do that to avoid scary words. Unfortunately, this works
> only for some time - until the euphemism earns the same reputation as
> the previous word.
> James Kirchner napsal(a):
> > Thanks, Honza. It sounds to me like a euphemism intended to keep
> > people from getting upset, but which causes people to get upset
> > Jamie
> > On Jan 4, 2008, at 8:27 AM, Jan Culka wrote:
> > > Some people think that to say "nadorove onemocneni" is more human
> > > than to say simply "rakovina". I personally see no difference.
> > > Honza
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