It seems worth probing why and how the word 'Randi/widow' took on such meanings through a process of pejoration
speech reclamation: (1) "Pejoration
climatique semble evidente dans la zone d'etude, oo il n'est pas possible du moins pour l'instant de preciser si elle correspond a un phenomene episodique ou de longue duree, c'est a dire significatif en terme meteorologique.
Schultz (1990) points out that there are three origins of pejoration
: associations with a contaminating concept, euphemism and prejudice.
Hinging on "therefore," such statements take collectivism as a logical premise and authorize in leftist discourse the reflexive pejoration
and dismissal of the personal.
Lederer J (2013) 'Anchor baby': A conceptual explanation for pejoration
. Journal of Pragmatics 57: 248-266.
(5) In turn, the opposite process to (a)melioration is usually referred to as 'pejoration
' or 'degeneration of meaning' (cf.
Dans ces noms, la pejoration
est loin d'etre absente, et l'enjeu d'une mise a distance de l'autre y est omnipresent et palpable.
(11) A byproduct of the semantic narrowing and accompanying pejoration
was to put spree in a register deemed beyond the proper interests of the OED's etymological investigation.
Namely, the zoosemically-conditioned pejoration
of human-specific vocabulary is--at least on rare occasions--gender-blind.
amelioration, and pejoration
. (115) Sometimes, new meanings are
While depreciation of Jamaican Creole speakers for their speaking (and later writing) allegedly bad English never was gender specific, pejoration
of the mother tongue of most Jamaicans is one more way in which ordinary Jamaican women experienced devaluation in colonial times and continue to experience it in neocolonial contexts.