What diction does the author use to describe the word "mother"? What feeling does this attach to the word?
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"That smutty word again. But none of them dreamed, this time, of smiling."
This word relates to the fact that mother's "give birth." It is treated as profanity, because the mother's of these children do not raise them..... the state raises the children, the family is to be denigrated or profaned.