aischrology

aischrology

the vocabulary of obscenity; linguistic filthiness.
See also: Obscenity
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Each of his nine chapters, besides the introductory first chapter, focuses on one aspect or (in one chapter) on a couple of main authors having something to say on this wide-ranging theme: he deals with laughter in the Homeric world, Sympotic laughter, ritual laughter, aischrology (shameful, or offensive speech), the ethics of ridicule, the absurd, the melange of laughter and tears in Menander's world, the laughter of life and death in Lucian, and the anti-gelastic tendencies of early Christianity.