Is the Name “Wuhan Coronavirus” Prejudiced?

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Bad Answers: Semantics, Etymology, Intention

A popular defense of using the name “Wuhan coronavirus” appeals to the surface meaning of the individual words. After all, contrary to China’s propaganda,“Wuhan” is just the name of the city in which the coronavirus was first discovered and spread. So, what could be wrong with that?

Contexts and Uses

There are many factors that differentiate conversational contexts: presuppositions, default inference patterns, speakers, audiences, etc. The same term can thus vary in its pragmatics across contexts.



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