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.A euphemism is a substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver,[1] or to make it less troublesome for the speaker, as in the case of doublespeak.^ Euphemisms : A euphemism is a pleasant-sounding expression substituted for an unpleasant or offensive expression on sensitive topics.

^ A euphemism is "a word or expression intended to be less offensive and troubling to the listener."
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ A euphemism is defined by my friend Wikipedia as ”a substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener.” We do that all the time in our increasingly less profitable world.

.The deployment of euphemisms is a central aspect within the public application of political correctness.^ This week: is political correctness a euphemism for euphemism?
  • Lingua Franca - 20/03/99: Is Political Correctness a Euphemism for Euphemism? 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.abc.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This kind of euphemism is used extensively in the fields of public relations and politics .
  • Euphemism - Discussion and Encyclopedia Article. Who is Euphemism? What is Euphemism? Where is Euphemism? Definition of Euphemism. Meaning of Euphemism. 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.knowledgerush.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Changing the offending words is a stop-gap non-solution, because eventually the politically correct euphemism acquires the same negative baggage as the old word.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]
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.It may also substitute a description of something or someone to avoid revealing secret, holy, or sacred names to the uninitiated, or to obscure the identity of the subject of a conversation from potential eavesdroppers.^ E uphemism " -- the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant; also : the expression so substituted.

^ After all, in English, to know something is to be intimate with a subject; to have a friend is to be intimate with them; to have intimate relations with someone is to have sex with them.
  • Higgaion » Elkanah and Hannah’s sex life in the TNIV 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.heardworld.com [Source type: Original source]

.Some euphemisms are intended to amuse.^ I think we adopt some of these peculiar linguistic forms, not as euphemisms intended to conceal, but as attempts at clarity and precision in the presence of consequences (e.g.
  • Death Euphemism like V.S.A. and "passing" at Bill Casselman's Canadian Word of the Day 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.billcasselman.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Wiki also notes that some euphemisms are intended to be funny.

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.When a phrase is used as a euphemism, it often becomes a metaphor whose literal meaning is dropped.^ Often euphemisms can be somewhat situational; what might be used as a euphemism in a conversation between two friends might make no sense to a third person.
  • Euphemism: Encyclopedia II - Euphemism - Common examples 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.experiencefestival.com [Source type: General]

^ A euphemism commonly dies when it becomes commonplace, when it ceases to fool even the biggest fool, when its meaning is considered as horrible as the original word it sought to replace.
  • The Vocabula Review - When Euphemisms Die 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.vocabula.com [Source type: General]

^ Among the statements discussed here, I would say that "go to the bathroom" is most clearly an idiom, in that it is used without any conscious reference to what the individual words "literally" mean.
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.Euphemisms may be used to hide unpleasant or disturbing ideas, even when the literal term for them is not necessarily offensive.^ Euphemism A euphemism is a word or phrase that is used in place of a disagreeable or offensive term.
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^ Euphemisms are also used to hide unpleasant ideas, even when the term for them is not necessarily offensive.
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^ The use - even by the MoD - of the euphemism "friendly fire" seems only to add insult to injury.
  • Friendly fire - a reality, not just a euphemism - Times Online 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

.This type of euphemism is used in public relations and politics, where it is sometimes called doublespeak.^ This kind of euphemism is used extensively in the fields of public relations and politics .
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^ If they wanted to use an euphemism, they might have called it a gladius (sword).
  • Keith Hunt - Euphemisms - Page One 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.keithhunt.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Basically the idea is: That is that the word for feet רַגְלָיו sometimes refers to what we might politely call 'other parts of the (male) anatomy'.
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.Sometimes, using euphemisms is equated to politeness.^ Given Ringo's Anvilicious use of politics in a lot of his books, that's probably as much a shot at Robert Fisk as it is an Unusual Euphemism .
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ A useful political euphemism, coined by the Swedish finance ministry, which recently announced big cuts in spending and big rises in taxes.
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^ One of the new euphemisms for euthanasia, a term far too politically loaded to be used in its own right.
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.There are also superstitious euphemisms, based (consciously or subconsciously) on the idea that words have the power to bring bad fortune (for example, not speaking the word "autism"; see etymology and common examples below), and there are religious euphemisms, based on the idea that some words are holy, or that some words are spiritually imperiling (taboo; see etymology).^ Euphemism: Encyclopedia II - Euphemism - Common examples .
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^ More examples of euphemisms are listed below: .
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^ Need some examples of euphemism?
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Etymology

.The word euphemism comes from the Greek word euphemo, meaning "auspicious/good/fortunate speech/kind" which in turn is derived from the Greek root-words eu (ευ), "good/well" + pheme (φήμη) "speech/speaking". The eupheme was originally a word or phrase used in place of a religious word or phrase that should not be spoken aloud; etymologically, the eupheme is the opposite of the blaspheme (evil-speaking).^ The word euphemism itself can be used as a euphemism.
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^ A great number of euphemisms in English come from words with Latin roots.
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^ A euphemism is a word or phrase used to mask a rude or offensive concept.
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.The primary example of taboo words requiring the use of a euphemism are the unspeakable names for a deity, such as Persephone, Hecate, or Nemesis.^ The word euphemism itself can be used as a euphemism.
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^ Definition of diminutive (noun) small person; word, expressing smallness formed when a suffix is added Examples of diminutive Until schooling, they are the parents who will use the diminutive.
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^ C for cancer (in addition, some people whisper the word when they say it in public, and doctors have euphemisms to use in front of patients, e.g.
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.The term euphemism itself was used as a euphemism by the ancient Greeks, meaning 'to keep a holy silence' (speaking well by not speaking at all).^ The word euphemism itself can be used as a euphemism.
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^ The term "mental retardation" has itself now acquired some pejorative and shameful connotations over the last few decades due to the use of "retarded" as an insult among younger people.
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^ It is reflected, as well, in the language used to describe the innocent deaths, the value laden term " terrorism " in the case of the former, and the morally neutral term "collateral damage" in the latter.
  • ZNet - Euphemism for Murder 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.zmag.org [Source type: General]

.Historical linguistics has revealed traces of taboo deformations in many languages.^ There are traces of taboo deformations, avoidances and omissions of speaking of certain topics, in many languages.

^ Euphemism and Taboo: A socio-linguistic perspective on euphemistic language use .

^ Many of you will be familiar with Robert Hughes' description of PC language as kind of 'linguistic Lourdes, where evil and misfortune are dispelled by a dip in the waters of euphemism'.
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.Several are known to have occurred in Indo-European languages, including the original Proto-Indo-European words for bear (*rtkos), wolf (*wlkwos), and deer (originally, hart; the deformation likely occurred to avoid confusion with heart).^ American dictionary of the English language, exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definitions of words / By Noah Webster, LL. D. Abridged from the quarto ed.

^ Dictionary of the English language : in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers.

^ It really seems like the common sense terminology that would be used on a police report to avoid any sort of confusion.
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.In different Indo-European languages, each of these words has a difficult etymology because of taboo deformations — a euphemism was substituted for the original, which no longer occurs in the language.^ Are you familiar with the concept called the “ euphemism treadmill ?” Words acquire “negative” connotations not because of the words themselves, but what they describe.
  • Summary of Chaffee/HHA Meeting | my flashpoint 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC my.flashpointblog.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Euphemism has existed throughout the history of the English language, with examples for terms for prostitution and urination dating back to Old English, though it is difficult to know Old English roots because we do not have the spoken (social) context, which is where such language taboo deformations usually occur (Enright 1985).

^ Life in Paghman is really difficult, not like here.Women cannot go out and work.There is no school.Women cannot go to work because of Sayyaf and the soldiers, and there is no center for women to go and work .
  • Killing You is a Very Easy Thing For Us | Human Rights Watch 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.hrw.org [Source type: Original source]

.An example is the Slavic root for bear*medu-ed- which means "honey eater". Names in Germanic languages—including English—are derived from the color brown.^ American dictionary of the English language, exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definitions of words / By Noah Webster, LL. D. Abridged from the quarto ed.

^ Modern eclectic dictionary of the English language : comprising also a compendium of the historical, biographical, geographical, scientific, religious, and sociological names ...

^ Dictionary of the English language : in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers.

.Another example in English is "donkey" replacing the old Indo-European-derived word "ass". The word "dandelion" (lit., tooth of lion, referring to the shape of the leaves) is another example, being a substitute for pissenlit, meaning "wet the bed", a possible reference to the fact that dandelion was used as a diuretic.^ "Community" is not what it means but how we use it as a word.

^ Definition of diminutive (noun) small person; word, expressing smallness formed when a suffix is added Examples of diminutive Until schooling, they are the parents who will use the diminutive.
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^ The English word whore , referring to (female) prostitutes, is taken from the Old English word hōra (from the Indo-European root kā meaning "desire") but usage of that word is widely considered pejorative and prostitute is a less value-laden term.
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.In some languages of the Pacific, using the name of a deceased chief is taboo.^ Some commentators think that as taboos of any kind vanish from our public life, so euphemisms will come to be used only by the uneducated and semi-educated.
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^ This might suggest that, for some, euphemistic language use can contain overwhelming bodily and emotional responses.

^ So can euphemistic language use help to account for some of the social changes in terminology for perinatal loss?

.Among indigenous Australians, it is forbidden to use the name, image, or audio-visual recording of the deceased, so that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation now publishes a warning to indigenous Australians when using names, images or audio-visual recordings of people who have died.^ Now I hear it used casually on broadcast t.v.
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^ Even people who are too shy to use it at daytime, tend to overcome that shyness after drinking some alcohol.
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^ Aristotle mentioned the process (he died in 322BC) and Pliny the Elder (died 79AD) recorded an early still, the apparatus used to perfom distillation.

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.Since people are often named after everyday things, this leads to the swift development of euphemisms.^ Recently, more and more people began to use such euphemisms as “funeral home” and “memorial park” since the words “home” and “park” are more humane with some warm and tranquil implications.
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^ The important thing I suppose is just to be aware, whenever you or somebody else uses a euphemism, of what the name of the game is that you're playing.
  • Lingua Franca - 18/10/2003: The Euphemism... 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.abc.net.au [Source type: Original source]

^ However, euphemisms are often used to deceive or mislead people without being literally (cognitively) false.

.These languages have a very high rate of vocabulary change.^ But it seems very clear to me that these changes are a very natural and normal part of language development.
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.In a similar manner, in imperial China, writers of classical Chinese texts were expected to avoid using characters contained within the name of the currently ruling emperor as a sign of respect.^ System of government by which an imperial power feigns respect for electoral politics in order to coerce a subject people into justifying the rule of an illegitimate puppet regime.
  • Home / Headlines / Democracy--a euphemism for occupation - Media Monitors Network (MMN) 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC usa.mediamonitors.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Likewise, rules to be observed by the natives of Scotland, Ireland, and London, for avoiding their respective pecul .

^ Also, characters in Clayton Emery's novels tend to use names of cards and characters, such as "Eye of Orms-by-Gore!"
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

In these instances, the relevant characters were replaced by synonyms. (This practice may provide a fairly accurate means of dating a document.)
.The common names of illicit drugs, and the plants used to obtain them, often undergo a process similar to taboo deformation, because new terms are devised in order to discuss them secretly in the presence of others.^ Lastly, "Try to limit the number of non-English terms you use if you are speaking in English," because "it's not what you say, but what they hear."
  • POLITICS-US: The War on (Euphemism) - IPS ipsnews.net 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC ipsnews.net [Source type: News]

^ In the 1990s, because of the term’s association with radical left-wing politics and Communist censorship , the US Right applied it to discredit the Old Left and the New Left.
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^ The terms "midget" and "dwarf" are often used synonymously, as both terms mean someone who has been short in ...
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This process often occurs in English (e.g. speed or crank for meth). It occurs even more in Spanish, e.g. the deformation of names for cannabis: mota (lit., "something which moves" on the black market), replacing grifa (lit., "something coarse to the touch"), replacing marihuana (a female personal name, María Juana), replacing cañamo (the original Spanish name for the plant, derived from the Latin genus name Cannabis). .All four of these names are still used in various parts of the Hispanophone world, although cañamo ironically has the least underworld connotation, and is often used to describe industrial hemp, or legitimate medically-prescribed cannabis.^ This method involved the use of various implements of torture, cold baths and blows and kicks in the face and all over the body.

^ The choice of word used to describe the room or the piece of plumbing relies as much on regional variation ( dialect ) as on social situation and level of formality ( Register (linguistics) ).
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^ Often this argument uses a false or at least unprovable cause-and-effect relationship and defies a challenger to show that the relationship is impossible.
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Euphemism treadmill

.Euphemisms often evolve over time into taboo words themselves, through a process described by W.V.O. Quine,[citation needed] and more recently dubbed the "euphemism treadmill" by Steven Pinker.^ This called the "euphemism treadmill" by Steven Pinker, the neuropsychologist.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ More euphemisms [48 words] .
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^ Pinker called this the euphemism treadmill.

(cf. Gresham's Law in economics). This is the well-known linguistic process known as 'pejoration' or 'semantic change'.
.In his remarks on the ever-changing London slang, made in Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell mentioned both the euphemism treadmill and the dysphemism treadmill.^ Not to mention the fact that he was able to move to one of the most expensive cities on the planet (London) to ride this thing out.
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^ That being said, the folks out there who are offended are getting waaaaaaaaaay to much exercise on their euphemism-treadmill.
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^ As George points out, euphemisms obscure meaning rather than enhance it; they shade the truth.

He did not use these now-established terms, but observed and commented on the respective processes as early as in 1933.
.Words originally intended as euphemisms may lose their euphemistic value, acquiring the negative connotations of their referents.^ Words originally intended as euphemisms may lose their euphemistic value, acquiring the negative connotations of their referents.
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^ In this process, over the course of time, a word that was originally adopted as a euphemism acquires all the negative connotations of its referent, and has to be replaced by a substitute.
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^ A euphemism is an expression intended by the speaker to be less offensive, disturbing, or troubling to the listener than the word or phrase it replaces.

.In some cases, they may be used mockingly and become dysphemisms.^ In some cases, they may be used mockingly and become dysphemisms.
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^ Note that if you don't know what the verb 'to other' means, or how the umbrella term 'transgender' is used, you may have some homework to do before getting into this.
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^ They may like bizarre music, but at least it’s not their grandparents ‘ music or the same recycled crap about some bitch’s bootie.
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.For example, the term "concentration camp", to describe camps used to confine civilian members of the Boer community in close (concentrated) quarters, was used by the British during the Second Boer War, primarily because it sounded bland and inoffensive.^ Concentration camp,” describes camps used to house civilian prisoners in close quarters, this was used by the British during the Second Boer War, primarily because it sounded bland and inoffensive.
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^ Concentration camps (used for death camps or extermination camps) .

^ It is reflected, as well, in the language used to describe the innocent deaths, the value laden term " terrorism " in the case of the former, and the morally neutral term "collateral damage" in the latter.
  • ZNet - Euphemism for Murder 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.zmag.org [Source type: General]

.December 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] Despite the high death rates in the British concentration camps, the term remained acceptable as a euphemism.^ Concentration camps (used for death camps or extermination camps) .

^ Euphemisms used to conceal things everyone knows about - death, grossness and other things - are acceptable and useful.
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^ February 6, 2009 10:23 AM [ 0 + You raise an excellent point and I'm not really sure when 'person of color' became the preferred term for non-whites.
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.December 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] However, after Nazi Germany used the expression to describe its death camps in the 1930s and 1940s, the term gained a widespread negative connotation, particularly in connection with the Holocaust.^ Concentration camps (used for death camps or extermination camps) .

^ However, after the Nazi’s used the expression to describe its death camps for the Jews, the term gained huge negative connotation.
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^ Are you familiar with the concept called the “ euphemism treadmill ?” Words acquire “negative” connotations not because of the words themselves, but what they describe.
  • Summary of Chaffee/HHA Meeting | my flashpoint 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC my.flashpointblog.com [Source type: Original source]

.Also, in some versions of English, "toilet room", itself a euphemism, was replaced with "bathroom" and "water closet", which were replaced with restroom and W.C. These are also examples of euphemisms which are geographically concentrated.^ Other common euphemisms include: restroom for toilet room (the word toilet was itself originally a euphemism).
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^ In Australia, it has long been the case that the toilet is in a separate room from the bathroom.
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^ In the Victorian period, for example, euphemism peaked in the English language as a result of the constrictive moral values of the era (Marsh 1998, 215-30).

.The term "restroom" is rarely used outside of the United States.^ The term "Mental retardation" has acquired pejorative and shameful connotations over the last few decades and is now used almost exclusively in in The United States in technical or scientific contexts.
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^ Broader terms: English language -- United States English language -- United States -- Semantics English language -- Euphemism Narrower term: English language -- United States -- Euphemism -- Dictionaries .

^ The whole compiled and digested in a manner intirely new, and adapted to the use of schools in the United States : to which are added, an al .

.As for "W.C.", where before it was quite popular in the United Kingdom, is passing out of favor there[citation needed], but becoming more popular in French and in German now as the polite term of choice.^ You are probably European-American and you may be able to more finely identify (Italian, British, French, German, etc).
  • Semantics, Gender, and 'Cis' [Speaker for the Diodes] 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC dglenn.dreamwidth.org [Source type: Original source]

^ According to Professor David Crystal: Hinglish, spoken by 300 million Indians across the globe, is set to become more popular than English.
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^ "Like many phrases from Shakespeare, it has become a popular choice for titles in pop culture.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

Words describing disability/handicap

.Connotations easily change over time.^ There is necessarily a lot of subjectivity involved, because connotations easily change over time.
  • Euphemism - Discussion and Encyclopedia Article. Who is Euphemism? What is Euphemism? Where is Euphemism? Definition of Euphemism. Meaning of Euphemism. 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.knowledgerush.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • otherwordsforstuff.com - Euphemism history 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.otherwordsforstuff.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

."Idiot", "imbecile", and "moron" were once neutral terms for a developmentally delayed adult of toddler, preschool, and primary school mental ages, respectively.^ I have a now 14 yr old who is not mental retarded but mentaly challanged/slow and sometimes people uses the term developmentally delayed because due to their iq's they are not fully mental retarded.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The great thing about the term "developmental delay" is that it goes right back to what Binet was trying to do 100 years ago.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In North America mental retardation is subsumed into the broader term developmental disability , which also includes epilepsy , autism , cerebral palsy and other disorders that develop during the developmental period (birth to age 18.
  • Mental retardation - Psychology Wiki 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC psychology.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[4] .As with Gresham's law, negative connotations tend to crowd out neutral ones, so the phrase mentally retarded was pressed into service to replace them.^ The term "mental retardation" has itself now acquired some pejorative and shameful connotations over the last few decades due to the use of "retarded" as an insult among younger people.
  • Mental retardation - Psychology Wiki 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC psychology.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Now, "retarded" almost always has a negative, pejorative sense and we have moved on to new phrases, such as "learning disabled", which will surely suffer the same fate in time.
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^ One nursery worker, Maggie, has been called out of service every week this year to help the over-run 2-year-olds class.
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[5] .Now that, too, is considered rude, used commonly as an insult of a person, thing, or idea.^ The term "mental retardation" has itself now acquired some pejorative and shameful connotations over the last few decades due to the use of "retarded" as an insult among younger people.
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^ For now, if you're not already used to doing so, just consider the two forms, with and without '-ed', synonymous when used as the same part of speech.
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^ They would use it when I was say things I really didn't need to mostly just to get reactions from people, I enjoy hearing peoples odd comments personally.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

As a result, new terms like "mentally challenged", "with an intellectual disability", "learning difficulties" and "special needs" have replaced "retarded".
A similar progression occurred with the following terms for persons with physical handicaps:
lamecrippledhandicappeddisabled → physically challenged → differently abled
.(However, in the case of "crippled", the meaning of the term has also broadened and is most commonly used in the late 20th or early 21st centuries figuratively not literally.^ Ducky - Used in early century as term of endearment.
  • Western Slang, Lingo, & Phrases - Begins With "D" 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.legendsofamerica.com [Source type: General]

^ This term has not been used in any serious or scientific endeavor since the middle of the 20th century and is now always considered a term of abuse: notably, in the 1964 movie Becket (film) , King Henry II calls his son and heir a "cretin."
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^ However, the term began as an insult, as cowboys first used the word to mean a pimple or boil on someone's backside, caused by riding in the saddle all day when one wasn't used to it.
  • Western Slang, Lingo, & Phrases - Begins With "D" 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.legendsofamerica.com [Source type: General]

The term crippled is also more semantically narrow than "disabled" or "differently abled"; a dyslexic or colorblind person, for example, would not be termed "crippled".)
.Another recent development is the use of person-centric phrases, which ascribe a particular condition to a person as opposed to the former conventions with used specific nouns or adjectives for persons so qualified.^ The word Jew is a noun, and should never be used as an adjective or verb.
  • Chapter 4. American and English Today. 4. Euphemisms. Mencken, H.L. 1921. The American Language 25 September 2009 1:53 UTC www.bartleby.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Another recent development in public toilets is the "family restroom".
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^ Charles Krauthammer is the only person qualified to diagnose another person’s mental state from great distances without having met them…” .
  • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

.Examples of this convention include "persons with a disability," "persons with dyslexia," "persons with colorblindness" (as opposed to the disabled, dyslexics, the colorblind.^ For example, I define myself a disabled person, and a person with a mental health problem.
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)
.Euphemisms can also serve to recirculate words that have passed out of use because of negative connotation.^ A euphemism the warring parties in former Yugoslavia signed up to - because the folk who drafted the Dayton Agreement could not bring themselves to use that delicate word partition.
  • David Rowan: A Glossary for the Nineties: Chapter 11 - Jargon and euphemism 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.davidrowan.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "My employers (top half of FTSE 100) recently informed staff that we are no longer allowed to use the phrase brain storm because it might have negative connotations associated with fits.

^ Dickens - Euphemism for devil, overmuch, a lot - a word most often used in explanations of confusion or pain; "the dickens you say," or "it hurt like the dickens."
  • Western Slang, Lingo, & Phrases - Begins With "D" 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.legendsofamerica.com [Source type: General]

.The word "lame" from above, having faded from the vernacular, was revitalized as a slang word generally meaning not living up to expectations or boring.^ Just because you try to remove heavy loaden words from common language and replace them by others having the same meaning you don't remove the phenomenon.
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^ Slang very often involves the creation of novel meanings for existing words.
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^ The Crapper another term in general use, along with the word ' crap ' meaning excrement.
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The connotation of a euphemism can also be subject-specific.
.In the early 1960s, Major League Baseball franchise owner and promoter Bill Veeck, who was missing part of a leg, argued against the then-favored euphemism "handicapped", saying he preferred "crippled" because it was merely descriptive and did not carry connotations of limiting one's capability the way "handicapped" (and all of its subsequent euphemisms) seemed to do (Veeck as in Wreck, chapter "I'm Not Handicapped, I'm Crippled").^ One historian may prefer to say, 'The Emperor Nero set on foot several conspiracies against the life of Agrippina his mother, and expressed satisfaction when the final attempt was successful.'
  • Fritz-Euphemisms mislead bluntness needed 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.schoolandstate.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The issue is not trivial, because I sense as Danny does " After all, it is the way the citation looked in my footnotes that caused Mike and Craig to object to them ."
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^ Kate Says: June 16th, 2009 at 10:54 am On the bright side, all of the customer service people seemed really nice.
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Later, comedian George Carlin gave a famous monologue of how he thought euphemisms can undermine appropriate attitudes towards serious issues such as the evolving terms describing the medical problem of the cumulative mental trauma of soldiers in high stress situations:[6]
shell shock (World War I) → battle fatigue (World War II) → operational exhaustion (Korean War) → posttraumatic stress disorder (Vietnam War)
.He contended that, as the name of the condition became more complicated and seemingly arcane, sufferers of this condition have been taken less seriously as people with a serious illness, and were given poorer treatment as a result.^ Given the diverse responses from brash insults to more eloquent arguments, for or against the article, or the other people in the forums, the comments have interested me far more than the article itself.
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^ Hopefully people will turn to more meaningful ways of survival, a more agrarian lifestyle, less ether-based ways of making a buck.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ Most people who are more or less underexposed and have not seen good comedy laugh at almost anything.
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.He also contended that Vietnam veterans would have received the proper care and attention they needed were the condition still called "shell shock". In the same routine, he echoed Bill Veeck's opinion that "crippled" was a perfectly valid term (and noted that early English translations of the Bible seemed to have no qualms about saying that Jesus "healed the cripples").^ In the first world war, that condition was called "shell shock."

^ I'll bet ya if we'd of still been calling it "shell shock," some of those Vietnam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time.

^ Nobody cares about what you have to say.
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Similarly, spastic was once a neutral descriptor of a sufferer of muscular hypertonicity in British English. .But after Joey Deacon appeared on UK children's TV programme Blue Peter, children began to use "spastic" (and variants such as "spaz" and "spacker") as an insult and the term is now seen as very offensive.^ However, the term began as an insult, as cowboys first used the word to mean a pimple or boil on someone's backside, caused by riding in the saddle all day when one wasn't used to it.
  • Western Slang, Lingo, & Phrases - Begins With "D" 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.legendsofamerica.com [Source type: General]

^ The term "Mental retardation" has acquired pejorative and shameful connotations over the last few decades and is now used almost exclusively in technical or scientific contexts.
  • Mental Needs 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.paxstereo.tv [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The term "mental retardation" has itself now acquired some pejorative and shameful connotations over the last few decades due to the use of "retarded" as an insult among younger people.
  • Mental retardation - Psychology Wiki 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC psychology.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Spastics Society changed their name to Scope in 1994; children then began to use "Scoper" as a similar insult.^ In addition to the terms below, the abbreviation retard or tard is still used as a generic insult, especially among children and teens.
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.July 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] While the term was developing into an insult in British English, it was evolving in a radically different fashion in American English.^ According to the American Heritage Book of English Usage , "person of color" was chosen to replace "non-white" - to substitute a positive for a negative.
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^ Because an acorn resembles the head portion of the male organ, it was a natural development to bring "glans" over into English to designate this part of the male anatomy.
  • Keith Hunt - Euphemisms - Page One 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.keithhunt.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Common language, British and American English / conversations between Albert H. Marckwardt [and] Randolph Quirk from the radio series broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America.

.In the U.S., "spastic" became a nonoffensive synonym for clumsiness, whether physical or mental, and nerdiness, and is very often used in a self-deprecating manner.^ Ellipse is often used synonymously.
  • Kentucky Classics 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.uky.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ However, English statute law uses "mental impairment" elsewhere in a less well-defined manner— e.g.
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^ I appreciate that it’s not used now, but I always thought that “handicapped” was a better word than “disabled” – for both physical and mental conditions.
  • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

.The difference between the British and American connotations of "spastic" was starkly shown in 2006 when golf great Tiger Woods used "spaz" to describe his putting in that year's Masters.^ MIB Says: February 7th, 2008 at 11:24 am The biggest difference between now and the Great Depression era is that the present state of global economy.
  • Spending, Recession, and the Great Depression » My Money Blog 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.mymoneyblog.com [Source type: General]

^ For example, phonemes differ between English and American English.

^ Presidents traditionally use to justify putting American soldiers in harm's way.
  • U.S. "Global Leadership": A Euphemism for World Policeman 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.cato.org [Source type: Original source]

The remark went completely unnoticed in America, but caused a major uproar in the UK.
.
  • Abstractions and ambiguities (it for excrement, the situation for pregnancy, going to the other side for death, do it or come together in reference to a sexual act, tired and emotional for drunkenness.^ To force people young and old into situations in which they have no choice but to stain their consciences with the deaths of others is a great crime, one that can't be covered with euphemisms.
    • Carl Estabrook: Support Our Euphemism 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For example, since the law is so broad and sexual orientation is not defined, this situation is possible: A man comes up to a woman alone and flashes her.
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    ^ I then suggest that I'll warn her when my next set come up and she can go stand on the other side of the gym ...
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    )
  • .
  • Indirections (behind, unmentionables, privates, live together, go to the bathroom, sleep together)
  • Mispronunciation (goldarnit, dadgummit, efing c, freakin, be-atch,shootSee minced oath)
  • Litotes or reserved understatement (not exactly thin for "fat", not completely truthful for "lied", not unlike cheating for "an instance of cheating")
  • Changing nouns to modifiers: e.g.^ The only thing that comforts me is being able to go to sleep forever, and not having to worry if I was nice enough to get in the place where the nicest people in all the world's existence live.
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    ....makes her look slutty for "...is a slut", right-wing element for "Right Wing")
  • Personal names, such as John Thomas or Willy for "penis", Fanny for "vulva" (British English).
  • Slang, e.g.^ Comment #271 - Posted by: john l at March 26, 2009 3:13 PM Post a comment Name: Email Address: Remember personal info?
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    ^ Mitt is so opportunistic he makes John Kerry look like the Northern Star.
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    ^ Right refers to a relationship between a person and a physical object such that it defines a boundary for other persons in their relations with him.
    • Anthony Flood "Redistribution as Euphemism or, Who Owns What?" 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.anthonyflood.com [Source type: Original source]

    pot for "marijuana", laid for "having sexual intercourse" and so on
.There is some disagreement over whether certain terms are or are not euphemisms.^ I don't think there is any term that is not a euphemism.
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^ There have been some efforts made among mental health professionals to discourage use of these terms.
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^ The other thing to consider (again beyond the TRULY hateful speech that was in there) is the desensitization of certain terms and words by culture in general.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

.For example, sometimes the phrase visually impaired is labeled as a politically correct euphemism for blind.^ And then the euphemism for euphemism, political correctness.
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ Some may argue words are not weapons of context and labels do not convey meaning in a vain effort to protest against the political correctness of the euphemism treadmill but they are mistaking their hubris for a false humanity.
  • Defining Down Normal and the Separation of Needs - Urban Semiotic 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC urbansemiotic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EUPHEMISMS Want to be the authority on euphemisms at your politically-correct place of work -- well pig out on this bit of pithy prose.
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.However, visual impairment can be a broader term, including, for example, people who have partial sight in one eye, or even those with uncorrected poor vision, a group that would be excluded by the word blind.^ Be poor, and step on those who aren't.

^ Those poor Poor People.

^ However, one of the less understood issues in this environment, especially for those dependent on automatic payments (credit cards), is the idea of compliance and the parallel issue...
  • Cloud Computing as a Euphemism | SYS-CON INDIA 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC in.sys-con.com [Source type: Academic]

.Similarly, the use of the term Jewish person could be chosen to avoid potential accusations of bias or anti-Semitism in using the phrase a Jew (which was deprecated by the late 20th century[7]); however, the phrase Jewish person itself has sometimes been seen as evincing anti-Semitism.^ The term pimp is also sometimes similarly used figuratively, as in poverty pimp .
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^ This term has not been used in any serious or scientific endeavor since the middle of the 20th century and is now always considered a term of abuse: notably, in the 1964 movie Becket (film) , King Henry II calls his son and heir a "cretin."
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^ This term has not been used in any serious or scientific endeavor since the middle of the 20th century and is now always considered a term of abuse: notably, in the 1964 movie Becket , King Henry II calls his son and heir a "cretin."
  • Mental retardation - Psychology Wiki 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC psychology.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are three antonyms of euphemism: dysphemism, cacophemism, and power word.^ When referring to the room or the actual piece of equipment, the word toilet is often substituted with other euphemisms and dysphemisms .
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.The first can be either offensive or merely humorously deprecating with the second one generally used more often in the sense of something deliberately offensive.^ One of the few times where the euphemism makes more sense than the word it's replacing.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Slang, being what it is, is often about using a naughty word in place of a normal, nice one.
  • Thank you for not douching out. - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ The Webster’s Universal English Dictionary defines Euphemism as a mild or inoffensive word substituted for a more unpleasant or offensive term; or the use of such inoffensive words.

.The last is used mainly in arguments to make a point seem more correct.^ To answer your points: 1-Calling by names does not make an argument, on the...
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^ But perhaps because using a word that apparently meant "suck" didn't make much sense in that context, they replaced it with the more fitting name of One Too.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ It makes the colors of the world seem more vivid and yet it makes you seem more interesting to yourself.

The evolution of euphemisms

.Euphemisms may be formed in a number of ways.^ According to wikipedia , Euphemisms may be formed in a number of ways.
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^ CIO, CTO & Developer Resources According to wikipedia , Euphemisms may be formed in a number of ways.
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.Periphrasis or circumlocution is one of the most common — to "speak around" a given word, implying it without saying it.^ A Periphrasis or circumlocution is one of the most common — to "speak around" a given word or concept, implying it without saying it.
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^ When the most common reaction you trigger around you is laughters and snickering you should realize you lost it.
  • MacDailyNews - What's in a name? 'Zune' a French-Canadian euphemism for penis or vagina 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC macdailynews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Regime change also managed to imply, without saying, that governments do, as a matter of fact, often change by external demand without much trouble to anyone.
  • Euphemism and American Violence - The New York Review of Books 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.nybooks.com [Source type: Original source]

.Over time, circumlocutions become recognized as established euphemisms for particular words or ideas.^ Over time, circumlocutions become recognized as established euphemisms for particular words or ideas.
  • Cloud Computing as a Euphemism | Eclipse Developer's Journal 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eclipse.sys-con.com [Source type: General]
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^ In time, though, some of them become standard words.
  • Keith Hunt - Euphemisms - Page One 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.keithhunt.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One of the few times where the euphemism makes more sense than the word it's replacing.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.To alter the pronunciation or spelling of a taboo word (such as a swear word) to form a euphemism is known as taboo deformation.^ The term for such indirect, socialite-friendly words and phrases is euphemism .

^ The Webster’s Universal English Dictionary defines Euphemism as a mild or inoffensive word substituted for a more unpleasant or offensive term; or the use of such inoffensive words.

^ Madeleine L'Engle's book A Wind in the Door (a sequel to her better-known A Wrinkle in Time ) uses "fewmets" (dragon droppings) as a swear word.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.There is an astonishing number of taboo deformations in English, of which many refer to the infamous four-letter words.^ Many exceptions in English spelling are the result of misguided attempts to correct older spelling by adding silent letters to reflect the word's Latin or Greek origin.

^ In Ysabeau Wilce's second novel of the Flora series, Flora's Dare , it becomes clear that the Republic of Califa's preferred four-letter word is "fike".
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ There are traces of taboo deformations, avoidances and omissions of speaking of certain topics, in many languages.

.In American English, words which are unacceptable on television, such as fuck, may be represented by deformations such as freak — even in children's cartoons.^ At some point, the word became, or was decreed to be, socially unacceptable, and such unfortunates were renamed handicapped.
  • An antidote to the poison of euphemism | - Times Online 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ American dictionary of the English language : exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definitions of words / by Noah Webster ; abridged from the quarto edition of the author, to which are added a synopsis of words ...

^ The Webster’s Universal English Dictionary defines Euphemism as a mild or inoffensive word substituted for a more unpleasant or offensive term; or the use of such inoffensive words.

.Some examples of rhyming slang may serve the same purpose — to call a person a berk sounds less offensive than to call him a cunt, though berk is short for Berkeley Hunt which rhymes with cunt.^ For example, when someone pulls out in front of me, goes 10 feet, and turns, I am likely to say “Bless his heart” and I am doing a lot more than calling him unable to execute.
  • Celebrity News, Blogs and Photos | accessAtlanta 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.accessatlanta.com [Source type: General]

^ Judging by your post(this is not a personal attack), it sounds like you would rather keep your head in the sand rather than accept his condition.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Also: even if snowy was really “messing” with everyone, that makes him more pathetic than he already came accross as, not less.
  • My Failed Attempt to Return a Broken 'Comfort Wipe' | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Bureaucracies such as the military and large corporations frequently spawn euphemisms of a more deliberate nature.^ The Webster’s Universal English Dictionary defines Euphemism as a mild or inoffensive word substituted for a more unpleasant or offensive term; or the use of such inoffensive words.

.Organizations coin doublespeak expressions to describe objectionable actions in terms that seem neutral or inoffensive.^ Heres a link to the blogs that have discussed the fact that the Bush administrations term enhanced interrogation was coined in 1937 to describe exactly t...

^ The very phrase used by the president to describe torture-that-isn't-somehow-torture - "enhanced interrogation techniques" - is a term originally coined by the Nazis.

For example, a term used in the past for contamination by radioactive isotopes is Sunshine units.[8]
.Military organizations kill people, sometimes deliberately and sometimes by mistake; in doublespeak, the first may be called neutralizing the target and the second collateral damage.^ The company's addiction to euphemism has created a new language called Microspeak, says the New York Times - which may bug a few people in Seattle.
  • David Rowan: A Glossary for the Nineties: Chapter 11 - Jargon and euphemism 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.davidrowan.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The outdoor humorist Patrick McManus sometimes details adventures with his (fictional) neighbor, who calls people he dislikes "crude anatomical names."
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ No surprise from the people who call killing babies “Choice” .
  • Hot Air » Blog Archive » The Euphemism Presidency 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC hotair.com [Source type: General]

Violent destruction of non-state enemies may be referred to as pacification. .Two common terms when a soldier is accidentally killed (buys the farm) by their own side are friendly fire or blue on blue (BOBbing) — "buy the farm" has its own interesting history.^ "'Friendly fire' is when the American military accidentally kills its own soldiers when it's trying to attack the enemy.

^ After two years of destructive price volatility, the time has come for both sides to work together to build on our common interest.
  • Oil Prices Need Government Supervision - WSJ.com 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

^ When we deprecate our own performance in hyperbolic terms, we’re not disparaging the less abled, we’re expressing a shared frustration with our common shortcomings.
  • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

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.Execution is an established euphemism referring to the act of putting a person to death, with or without judicial process.^ Whether established by executive order or congressional legislation, a policy of indefinite detention without charge or trial is wrong.
  • Joanne Mariner: Obama's New Euphemism 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: News]

.It originally referred to the execution, i.e., the carrying out, of a death warrant, which is an authorization to a sheriff, prison warden, or other official to put a named person to death.^ Other murders of GLBT folk have been punished with life in prison or death.
  • Breaking news: Hate crimes legislation passes House! - Feministing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.feministing.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The inauguration ceremony was attended by Yemeni officials, and launched by Samir Al-Kuntar, of the Palestinian Liberation Front, who carried out a deadly attack in Nahariyya in 1974, and was recently released from Israeli prison.
  • A Loan in the Crowd - WSJ.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ We never put ourselves in the other persons shoes enough, but sometimes you have to roll with it when they aren't in ours either.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

.In legal usage, execution can still refer to the carrying out of other types of orders; for example, in U.S. legal usage, a writ of execution is a direction to enforce a civil money judgment by seizing property.^ In the meantime, in that 5 years, u missed some other job opportunities that could have come ur way had u been looking, instead of waiting it out…..i know, weak argument, but this is just an example of NO FREE MONEY. .
  • Spending, Recession, and the Great Depression » My Money Blog 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.mymoneyblog.com [Source type: General]

^ As people learn to live on less money, you can either let your children who cannot find work live in them or rent them out to other people.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ Other groups, often with religious backgrounds, focus on offering women a way out of the world of prostitution while not taking a position on the legal question.
  • Bambooweb: Prostitute 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Likewise, lethal injection itself may be considered a euphemism for putting the convict to death by poisoning.
.Abortion originally meant premature birth, and came to mean birth before viability.^ April 29, 2009 8:03 PM [ 0 + I meant to comment on this before, but I wasn't able to sign in when it came up.
  • Breaking news: Hate crimes legislation passes House! - Feministing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.feministing.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Naff off" may have originated with Porridge , but "naff" did not—it was well-established in the theatrical and gay argot Polari long before, meaning "un-stylish" or "pathetic".
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Here is a historical example of Semantic change during the middle English Corpus: English bead originally meant prayer, its modern meaning came from the practice of counting prayers with beads.

.The term "abort" was extended to mean any kind of premature ending, such as aborting the launch of a rocket.^ Similarly to Pratchett's 'seamstresses', 'massage parlors' and the 'coffee houses' of Amsterdam are examples of euphemisms gaining such prominence that the innocent meaning of a term disappears.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ The term "taxpayer return information" means return information as defined in paragraph (2) which is filed with, or furnished to, the Secretary by or on behalf of the taxpayer to whom such return information relates.
  • [your name] & [partner's name], Fighting Crime! | MetaFilter 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: General]

^ Vestiges of the original meaning continue to be reflected in terms such as toiletries , eau de toilette and toilet bag (to carry flannels, soaps, etc).
  • toilet - Anarchopedia 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Euphemisms have developed around the original meaning. Abortion, by itself, came to mean induced abortion or elective abortion exclusively. .Hence the parallel term spontaneous abortion, an "act of nature", was dropped in favor of the more neutral-sounding miscarriage.^ In Metalocalypse , the band orders Ofdensen to use the term Hamburger Time for death to make it sound more pleasant.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ We think we are doing the family a favor: doesn't "developmentally delayed" sound so much more hopeful, so much nicer, than "mentally retarded?"
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

.Industrial unpleasantness such as pollution may be toned down to outgassing or runoff — descriptions of physical processes rather than their damaging consequences.^ If a baby has problems during labor and birth, such as not getting enough oxygen , he or she may have developmental disability due to brain damage .
  • Mental retardation - Psychology Wiki 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC psychology.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To say Adam "knew" his wife (rather than to say he had "sex" with her) is an example of euphemism: the substitution of an inoffensive expression for one that may offend.
  • Keith Hunt - Euphemisms - Page One 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.keithhunt.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As they become adults, many people can live independently and may be considered by others in their community as "slow" rather than retarded.
  • Mental retardation - wikidoc 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.wikidoc.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Some of this may simply be the application of precise technical terminology in the place of popular usage, but beyond precision, the advantage of technical terminology may be its lack of emotional undertones and the likelihood the general public (at least initially) will not recognize it for what it really is; the disadvantage being the lack of real-life context.^ Often government departments simply want to maximise their budget, regardless of whether the resources are really being utilised to their best potential.
  • John Quiggin » The ideology that dare not speak its name 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC johnquiggin.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some have gone as far as threaten to kill me in real life, if someone calls me gay or a fag in the game, I tell them so what.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Note that it is generally the name for the unmarked state, and its implications of being normal/default/good/real, rather than the name for the marked state, that makes the unmarked/marked pairings problematical and othering.
  • Semantics, Gender, and 'Cis' [Speaker for the Diodes] 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC dglenn.dreamwidth.org [Source type: Original source]

Terms like "waste" and "wastewater" are also avoided in favor of terms such as byproduct, recycling, reclaimed water and effluent. In the oil industry, oil-based drilling muds were simply renamed organic phase drilling muds, where organic phase is a euphemism for "oil".

Euphemisms for the profane

.Profane words and expressions in the English language are commonly taken from three areas: religion, excretion, and sex.^ American dictionary of the English language, exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definitions of words / By Noah Webster, LL. D. Abridged from the quarto ed.

^ Dictionary of the English language : in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers.

^ I started thinking about the words considered offensive in english, but not offensive in my first language (portuguese).
  • About the expression "person of color" - Community 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC community.feministing.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.While profanities themselves have been around for centuries, their limited use in public and by the media has only slowly become socially acceptable, and there are still many expressions which cannot be used in polite conversation.^ I figure there's only one thing that *really* makes sense for me to do with my life in the current situation, and that is to become an activist somehow.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ Regardless of your political affiliation, have we become subject to a media that fails to adequately portray a balance on the issues it reports?
  • CrossFit: Forging Elite Fitness: Friday 090320 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.crossfit.com [Source type: General]

^ There are also many different ways to clean oneself after using the toilet.
  • toilet - Anarchopedia 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.One vantage point into the current societal tolerance of profane language is found in the frequency of such language on prime-time television.^ At least in MY wast of time I was atually engaged in mental activity….somthing that a lot of you might want to look back into at some point.
  • My Failed Attempt to Return a Broken 'Comfort Wipe' | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Perhaps one day I will seek something better, something I can enjoy and/or really get into, but I fear that will not be for some time yet.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ I'm trying to smell the roses and live life one day at a time, etc., but that's easier to accept intellectually than put into practice every day.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

.The word damn (and most other religious profanity in the English language) has lost its shock value, and as a consequence, euphemisms for it (e.g., dang, darn-it) have taken on a very stodgy feeling.^ Filed under: English language -- Euphemism .

^ American dictionary of the English language, exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definitions of words / By Noah Webster, LL. D. Abridged from the quarto ed.

^ On the other hand, in Germany most prostitutes' organizations deliberately use the word Hure (whore) since they feel that prostitute is a bureaucrats' term and an unnecessary euphemism for something not in need of euphemisms.
  • Bambooweb: Prostitute 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Euphemisms for male masturbation such as "bashing the bishop", "waxing the dolphin", "slamming the ham" or "banging one out" are used often among young people (or youths) to avoid embarrassment in public.^ To force people young and old into situations in which they have no choice but to stain their consciences with the deaths of others is a great crime, one that can't be covered with euphemisms.
  • Carl Estabrook: Support Our Euphemism 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Medicine is one of the first domains of euphemism, starting in Old English, which had the term Sceandword to denote such opprobrious terms (Burchfield 1985, 20).

^ I can live frugally out here, ride bikes where I can, comics are my one vice, send the money home and use Skype to see the kids.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

.Excretory profanity such as piss and shit in some cases may be acceptable among informal (and usually younger)[citation needed] friends (while they almost are never acceptable in formal relationships or public use); euphemisms such as Number One and Number Two may be preferred for use with children.^ In some cases, they may be used mockingly and become dysphemisms.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It also might be called a cacophism -- and while it's true that dysphemism and cacophism don't usually refer to reversing the referent and expression of a euphemism, this IS a case where a deliberately harsher phrase is used in place of a gentler one.
  • xkcd • View topic - Official "Reverse Euphemisms" Discussion 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • xkcd • View topic - Official "Reverse Euphemisms" Discussion 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some may argue words are not weapons of context and labels do not convey meaning in a vain effort to protest against the political correctness of the euphemism treadmill but they are mistaking their hubris for a false humanity.
  • Defining Down Normal and the Separation of Needs - Urban Semiotic 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC urbansemiotic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Most sexual terms and expressions, even technical ones, either remain unacceptable for general use or have undergone radical rehabilitation.^ Let me repeat that: No one should kill, wound, or even try to temporarily inconvenience the life functions of the current Attorney General of the United States.
  • It's Time To Take Fredo Out Fishing | Redstate 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.redstate.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Since most businesses have been converted into brothels, whatever their previous product was, is now used as a euphemism for sexual acts.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ It is used in the same way we use the word “markets” to describe general eceonomic activity even though within “markets” there are a multitude of different activities that can be observed.
  • John Quiggin » The ideology that dare not speak its name 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC johnquiggin.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Religious euphemisms

Euphemisms for deities as well as for religious practices and artifacts date to the earliest of written records. Protection of sacred names, rituals, and concepts from the uninitiated has always given rise to euphemisms, whether it be for exclusion of outsiders or the retention of power among select practitioners. Examples from the Egyptians and every other western religion abound.
.Euphemisms for God and Jesus, such as gosh and gee, are used by Christians to avoid taking the name of God in a vain oath, which some believe would violate one of the Ten Commandments.^ We could always tell if the new general was clueless or someone that was going to actually take care of business – the clueless ones would ALWAYS make a point of ‘re-organizing’ and re-naming the various staff functions.
  • Hot Air » Blog Archive » The Euphemism Presidency 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC hotair.com [Source type: General]

^ I suppose most of the uses would fit into one of three categories: sanitation, exclusion, and variety.
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ Excuse me, lets not use my name in vain!
  • [photo] OLPC Mass Production starts : reddit.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC reddit.com [Source type: General]

(Exodus 20)
.When praying, Jews will typically use the word "Adonai" ('my Lord').^ Comment # 2, J. Rogovin commented exactly my thoughts, his words are the words I was going to use, like “metaphor”.
  • Kristallnacht: Murder by Euphemism 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.aish.com [Source type: Original source]

.However, when in a colloquial setting, this is deemed inappropriate among Jews, and so typically Jews replace the word "Adonai" with the word "HaShem", which literally means, "The Name". It is notable that "Adonai" is itself a word that refers to the Jewish God's name, יהוה or YHWH, the original pronunciation of which is unknown due to a lack of vowels.^ Boswell reports, "The French word 'zoune' and the variant 'bizoune' typically serve as a less jolting way of referring to male or female genitalia when addressing children."
  • MacDailyNews - What's in a name? 'Zune' a French-Canadian euphemism for penis or vagina 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC macdailynews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ American dictionary of the English language, exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definitions of words / By Noah Webster, LL. D. Abridged from the quarto ed.

^ Just because you try to remove heavy loaden words from common language and replace them by others having the same meaning you don't remove the phenomenon.
  • [photo] OLPC Mass Production starts : reddit.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC reddit.com [Source type: General]

.It was translated as Jehovah for some centuries, but scholars now agree that it was more likely Yahweh.^ The idea behind this is that some people do not like the sight of a public toilet in the street, and they are more easily hidden than repeatedly moved.
  • toilet - Anarchopedia 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It doesn't matter whether this or that candidate is now judged the Most Likely to Succeed as the Successor to the Successors of Muhammad, the Rightly-Guided Caliphs of the first century of Islam.

^ It seems likely that university enrollments will rise somewhat, though this might not translate into more academic jobs.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

.Traditionally, Jews have seen the name of God as ineffable and thus one that must not be spoken.^ Like a good Celtic triad, it names three disasters or trials through which one must pass to prove faith.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ It is thus that one must be suspicious of social engineering, of those who would create conditions in society that the social engineer assumes will create Heaven on Earth.

According to the Torah, when Moses saw the burning bush, he asked God, "who are you?" The answer he heard was, "I am that I am". Thus, Jews have for centuries thought that the name of the Almighty is ineffable, because according to their logic pronouncing it would be equivalent to calling oneself God.[citation needed]
.Euphemisms for hell, damnation, and the devil, on the other hand, are often used to avoid invoking the power or drawing the attention of the adversary.^ It is possible that Pierce managed to get this word past the censors simply by virtue of using so many other actual Unusual Euphemisms in the book.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Sometimes other curses are used that refer to Phyrexia, such as "the nine hells."
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Those with unresolved grief tend to, among other things, avoid direct reference to death, and/or use highly poetic or eulogizing speech about the death or about the deceased.

.The most famous in the latter category is the expression what the dickens and its variants, which does not refer to the famed British writer but instead was a popular euphemism for Satan in its time.^ It’s probably the most popular german children’s tale of all time.
  • 10 Great Books For (Traumatizing) Children | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Typical of many recently-coined euphemisms are the words and expressions that try to avoid giving offence to various minority groups or unfortunate individuals.
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Excretory euphemisms

.While urinate and defecate are not euphemisms, they are used almost exclusively in a clinical sense.^ I agree with your annoyance with the prevalence of euphemisms when they are used ...
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ Rilian wrote: Rinsaikeru wrote: Euphemisms only become a problem when they are used over-abundantly and to the detriment of understanding.
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ Similarly, we use euphemisms to express taboos, as we feel that they keep us at safe distance from the taboo itself.
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.The basic Anglo-Saxon words for these functions, piss and shit, are considered vulgarities and unacceptable in general use, despite the use of piss in the King James Bible (in Isaiah 36:12 and elsewhere).^ She also uses "freg" to stand in for the f-word—generally at least once per comic she appears in.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ The other thing to consider (again beyond the TRULY hateful speech that was in there) is the desensitization of certain terms and words by culture in general.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

^ "Poofers" basically translates to "crap" or "shit" when used in conjunction with disapointment at something happening.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.The word manure, referring to animal feces used as fertilizer for plants, literally means "worked with the hands" (from the Latin: manus, manūs — "hand"), alluding to the mixing of manure with earth.^ It's quite common to use a specific term referring to the core or major component to mean the entire thing.
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^ Why have the San Diego and Boston city councils recently banned the word "minority" as derogatory, when its literal meaning is neutral?
  • We've Got Company - WSJ.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

^ Early literature, such as Burns Obstetrical Works (1809), commonly refers to the stillborn child , while more contemporary texts tend to use the term fetus .

.Several zoos market the byproduct of elephants and other large herbivores as Zoo Doo or Zoopoop, and there is a brand of chicken manure available in garden stores under the name Cock-a-Doodle Doo.^ Cock on the Mountaintop is a brand name.
  • Like we needed a new euphemism for morning wood .. - Engrish Funny: Engrish Pictures That Is Your Funny Engrish 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC engrishfunny.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Reply Droll not Troll says: June 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm Hope you weren’t cocking your doodle doo at the wrong time.
  • Like we needed a new euphemism for morning wood .. - Engrish Funny: Engrish Pictures That Is Your Funny Engrish 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC engrishfunny.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The name of the famed Japanese store "Violence Jack Off" was supposedly intended to be an anti-violence slogan on the mistaken basis that "jack off" was a euphemism for other "off" phrases.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

Also, a brand of sheep manure is called "Baa Baa Doo." .Similarly, the abbreviation BS, or the word bull, often replaces the word bullshit in polite society.^ Final Fantasy VII is strangely inconsistent about this, often replacing dialogue with a string of !@#$% but leaving the word "shit" uncensored.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.(The term bullshit itself generally means lies or nonsense, and not the literal "shit of a bull", making it a dysphemism.^ A charge levied in the UK during the mid 20th century was one British penny, hence the generally adopted term "spend a penny" meaning to go to the toilet.
  • toilet - Anarchopedia 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The term "illegal alien" itself makes two brief appearances in the INA: in Sections 280 and 286 , both dealing with accounting arrangements among the federal agencies.
  • “Illegal Immigrant” Is the Real Euphemism | Immigration | Change.org 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC immigration.change.org [Source type: General]

^ Another generalization is using the term or an equivalent to mean any form of earning well in an unscrupulous degrading manner, e.g.
  • Bambooweb: Prostitute 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

)
.There are any number of lengthier periphrases for excretion used to excuse oneself from company, such as to powder one's nose, to see a man about a dog (or horse), to drop the kids off at the pool or to release the chocolate hostages (these expressions could actually be regarded as dysphemisms).^ To powder one's nose, to see a man about a dog, to frost a rock .
  • ENTERTAINING EUPHEMISMS 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Drop the kids off at the lake/pool 47.
  • ramdac.org :: Dissent is Patriotic » Euphemisms for Rectal Functions 25 September 2009 1:53 UTC www.ramdac.org [Source type: General]

^ Seeing a man about a horse is a euphemism for urination.
  • xkcd • View topic - Official "Reverse Euphemisms" Discussion 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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.In the Bible, to cover one's feet referred to excretion.^ Sean the Baptist has a post 'And with two they covered their feet' in which he repeats the conventional wisdom that "feet" is (sometimes) a euphemism in the Hebrew Bible.
  • SansBlogue: June 2008 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.bigbible.org [Source type: General]

^ Everyone seems agreed that the mention of "covering his feet" is a reference either to urination or to defecation.
  • SansBlogue: June 2008 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.bigbible.org [Source type: General]

.Slang expressions which are neither particularly euphemistic nor dysphemistic, such as take a leak, form a separate category.^ For this reason, slang vocabularies are also particularly rich in certain domains, such as, violence, crime and drugs and sex.
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^ Such a system could take several forms.
  • U.S. "Global Leadership": A Euphemism for World Policeman 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.cato.org [Source type: Original source]

[citation needed]
.In some languages, various other sensitive subjects give rise to euphemisms and dysphemisms.^ Euphemism & dysphemism : language used as shield and weapon / by Keith Allan, Kate Burridge.

^ Some other terms of English language teaching are- .
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^ I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say other than that I find it interesting that there’s varying sensitivity and opinions on this subject among the disabled.
  • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

In Spanish, one such subject is class and status. .The word señorito is an example, although the euphemism treadmill has turned it to a disparagement, at least in Mexico.^ He suggested this exemplified a "euphemism treadmill," in which a word for an emotionally charged concept is replaced, in hopes of redefining people's attitudes toward the concept.
  • We've Got Company - WSJ.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

^ One big example of the failure of this line of thinking is the euphemism treadmill.
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^ Perhaps the best way to learn about euphemisms and their growth is to investigate some example like the toilet room (the word toilet was itself originally a euphemism).
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[citation needed]

Sexual euphemisms

.The Latin term pudendum and the Greek term αιδοίον (aidoion) for the genitals literally mean "shameful thing". Groin, crotch, and loins refer to a larger region of the body, but are euphemistic when used to refer to the genitals.^ Surely using either of those terms means you think that vaginas are "disgusting"?
  • Thank you for not douching out. - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ Amusingly enough, he meant it literally at first (this being the reason he arranged the marriage in the first place), then began using the phrase euphemistically while expounding on her other...*ahem*...assets.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Among the statements discussed here, I would say that "go to the bathroom" is most clearly an idiom, in that it is used without any conscious reference to what the individual words "literally" mean.
  • Unfogged: Comment on Hugh Thompson 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.unfogged.com [Source type: General]

.The word masturbate is derived from Latin, the word manus meaning hand and the word sturbare meaning to defile.^ In my dialect, and in the Victorian porn collection I stole from a book factory, it means "give a hand-job to" or "masturbate".
  • Unfogged: Comment on Hugh Thompson 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.unfogged.com [Source type: General]

^ The word "fuck" derives from an Anglo-Saxon word with a similar meaning.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Interestingly, our word "pencil" (from the Latin penis) means a little tail, the first pencils being a brush of hair.
  • Keith Hunt - Euphemisms - Page One 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.keithhunt.com [Source type: Original source]

.In pornographic stories, the words rosebud and starfish are often used as euphemisms for anus, generally in the context of anal sex.^ Often euphemisms are used as substitute words for the sexual organs.
  • Keith Hunt - Euphemisms - Page One 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.keithhunt.com [Source type: Original source]

^ She also uses "freg" to stand in for the f-word—generally at least once per comic she appears in.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ On an episode of Ellen , Paige Clark (Joelly Fisher) used "go camping" as a euphemism for "have sex", as in "I want to go camping!"
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.Sexual intercourse was once a euphemism derived from the more general term intercourse by itself, which simply meant "meeting" but now is normally used as a synonym for the longer phrase, thus making the town of Intercourse, Pennsylvania, a subject of jokes in modern usage.^ The use of 'sex' in the sense of sexual intercourse is a relatively recent euphemism.
  • The Reality Club: "PINKER VS. SPELKE" 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ What Gallup is describing is a euphemism treadmill: The more aggressively pro-abortion the "pro-choice" side is, the more the public--even those who do not necessarily endorse an extreme antiabortion position--will understand "choice" as a synonym for abortion and thus reject the label.
  • A Loan in the Crowd - WSJ.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ The term "mental retardation" has itself now acquired some pejorative and shameful connotations over the last few decades due to the use of "retarded" as an insult among younger people.
  • Mental retardation - Psychology Wiki 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC psychology.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The "baseball metaphors for sex" are perhaps the most famous and widely-used set of polite euphemisms for sex and relationship behavior in the U.S. The metaphors encompass terms like "hitting it off" for a good start to relationship, "Striking out" for being unlucky with a love interest, and "running the bases" for progressing sexually in a relationship.^ The use of 'sex' in the sense of sexual intercourse is a relatively recent euphemism.
  • The Reality Club: "PINKER VS. SPELKE" 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I actually think the use of the words 'successful' for 'rich' is interesting, as given the current cultural climate in America, and perhaps, the world, being rich is something somewhat stigmatized.
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ Like everyone, I'm starting to freak out a little about the state of the economy.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

.The "bases" themselves, from first to third, stand for various levels of sexual activity from French kissing to "petting", itself a euphemism for manual genital stimulation, all of which is short of "scoring" or "coming home", sexual intercourse.^ As with all euphemisms, the new term soon comes to be contaminated with the associations it was first employed to avoid.
  • The Reality Club: "PINKER VS. SPELKE" 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Joel from TV's Mystery Science Theater 3000 would often use "telling secrets" as a stand-in for sexual activity.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ You have all types coming to the gym at various hours of the day and night.
  • CrossFit: Forging Elite Fitness: Friday 090320 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.crossfit.com [Source type: General]

."Hitting a home run" describes sex during the first date, "batting both ways" (also "switch-hitting") or "batting for the other team" describes bisexuality or homosexuality respectively, and "stealing bases" refers to initiating new levels of sexual contact without invitation.^ Iowa and New Hampshire have items written into their state constitution's that say that they hare to be first and second no matter what the date.
  • Ben Smith's Blog - Politico.com 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.politico.com [Source type: General]

^ Asked today to square her recent descriptions with these accounts, Howard Wolfson, her spokesman, referred to several contemporaneous news accounts that described the region as hostile.
  • Ben Smith's Blog - Politico.com 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.politico.com [Source type: General]

^ During the elections, I shifted away from US-based news in favor of BBC coverage, but I'm not even checking in with them as much anymore.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

.Baseball-related euphemisms also abound for the "equipment"; "Bat and balls" are a common reference to the male genitalia, while "glove" or "mitt" can refer to the female anatomy.^ Basically the idea is: That is that the word for feet רַגְלָיו sometimes refers to what we might politely call 'other parts of the (male) anatomy'.
  • SansBlogue: June 2008 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.bigbible.org [Source type: General]

^ When referring to the room or the actual piece of equipment, the word toilet is often substituted with other euphemisms and dysphemisms .
  • toilet - Anarchopedia 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are many euphemisms for birth control devices, sometimes even propagated by the manufacturers: Condoms are known as "rubbers", "sheaths", "love gloves", "diving suits", "raincoats", "Johnnies" (in Ireland and to a lesser degree Britain) etc.^ There would be no debate on the issue, not with bugs, not with this many bugs even though they were marvelous conversationalists and had a team dynamic any manager would die for.
  • Spork Press 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC sporkpress.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The features are operated by control pads (sometimes with bilingual labels), and even hand-held remote control devices.
  • toilet - Anarchopedia 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Prostitutes are stigmatized in many societies and religions ; their customers are typically stigmatized to a lesser degree.
  • Bambooweb: Prostitute 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The birth control pill is known simply as "The Pill", and other methods of birth control are also given generalized euphemisms like "The Patch", "The Sponge", "Shots", etc.^ In general, I don't like euphemisms, but I can't think of any other good examples.
  • Unfogged: Comment on Hugh Thompson 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.unfogged.com [Source type: General]

^ AM 12 Yes, but in this age of birth control one can't simply go around saying "I ejaculated in her vaginal canal", or "he ejaculated in my, &c"—ignoring the other sexual vagaries the modern age has brought us!
  • Unfogged: Comment on Hugh Thompson 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.unfogged.com [Source type: General]

^ These groups generally oppose Nevada-style regulation and oversight, stating that prostitution should be treated like other professions.
  • Bambooweb: Prostitute 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are also many euphemisms for menstruation, such as "having the painters in", being "on the rag", "flying the flag" (originally a euphemism for hanging out the bedsheet after a wedding night as a testament to the woman's virginity)[citation needed], or it simply being "that time of the month", Munster playing at home (Irish).^ French ache” was a euphemism for syphilis in Elizabethan times, a “railroad Bible” was hobo slang for a deck of playing cards, and the “butler’s perk” is an unfinished bottle of wine.
  • Celebrity News, Blogs and Photos | accessAtlanta 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.accessatlanta.com [Source type: General]
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^ There’s no such thing as being gay.
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^ It would be plausible for people who were unable to read or write to finish college or grad school simply by being there.
  • Defining Down Normal and the Separation of Needs - Urban Semiotic 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC urbansemiotic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Euphemisms are also common in reference to sexual orientations and lifestyles.^ Its unfortunate that they don't make a specific reference to sexual orientation, but I think its clear that anti-gay hatespeech is also not permitted.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

^ It still seems to me that the case for a common euphemism רגל = sexual organs is simply unproven.
  • SansBlogue: June 2008 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.bigbible.org [Source type: General]

.For example in the movie Closer, the character played by Jude Law uses the euphemism "He valued his privacy" for being gay.^ This is one example of a pediatric euphemism that was taken too far and used for too long, which then created misunderstandings, inappropriate expectations, and insufficient therapeutic services.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When making evalutations of the student files (in-character versions of the student profiles handlers write for the characters, basically), Danya tends to use "motivate" as a euphamism for playing the game/killing.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Send in your best or favorite euphemism, and try to make it one that was not being used by stand-up comics in 1993.
  • Celebrity News, Blogs and Photos | accessAtlanta 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.accessatlanta.com [Source type: General]

.As an aside, the use of euphemisms for sexual activity has grown under the pressure of recent rulings by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding what constitutes "decent" on-air broadcast speech.^ The use of 'sex' in the sense of sexual intercourse is a relatively recent euphemism.
  • The Reality Club: "PINKER VS. SPELKE" 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.edge.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Joel from TV's Mystery Science Theater 3000 would often use "telling secrets" as a stand-in for sexual activity.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Recently, more and more people began to use such euphemisms as “funeral home” and “memorial park” since the words “home” and “park” are more humane with some warm and tranquil implications.
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.The FCC included many well known euphemisms in its lists of banned terms but indicated that even new and unknown coinages might be considered indecent once it became clear what they referenced.^ These terms are sometimes used as a means of separating general intellectual limitations from specific, limited deficits as well as indicating that it is not an emotional or psychological disability.
  • Mental retardation - Psychology Wiki 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC psychology.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You sandwich the term "self-segregation" amidst your list of negatives that occur as a result of what you consider government discrimination.
  • Discriminations: Affirmative Action: Euphemisms, Evasions, Reversals 25 September 2009 1:53 UTC www.discriminations.us [Source type: Original source]

^ Since this is obviously currently true of many institutions, including many without RP's, I wonder what new post-hoc rationaliztion our RPS will dream up?
  • Discriminations: Affirmative Action: Euphemisms, Evasions, Reversals 25 September 2009 1:53 UTC www.discriminations.us [Source type: Original source]

.George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can't Say On TV" evolved into the "Incomplete List of Impolite Words", available in text and audio form, and contains hundreds of euphemisms and dysphemisms to genitalia, the act of having sex, various forms of sex, sexual orientations, etc.^ Sex Drive has "visiting my grandma" as a euphemism for having sex.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Since most businesses have been converted into brothels, whatever their previous product was, is now used as a euphemism for sexual acts.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Just because you try to remove heavy loaden words from common language and replace them by others having the same meaning you don't remove the phenomenon.
  • [photo] OLPC Mass Production starts : reddit.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC reddit.com [Source type: General]

that have all become too pejorative for polite conversation, including such notables as ."getting your pole varnished" and "eating the tuna taco". Carlin also did a bit on the uses of the word "fuck", originally only a dysphemism for the sex act but becoming an adverb, adjective, noun, etc.^ In some cases, they may be used mockingly and become dysphemisms.
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^ The words of racism and nationalism doesn't make (logical) sense so the words we use to combat it will also be a bit nonsensical.
  • About the expression "person of color" - Community 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC community.feministing.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Did an obese right-winger eat your great-granduncle's favorite dog or something?
  • By Ken Levine: My favorite euphemism for breasts 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC kenlevine.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This "diversity" is also mentioned on in the movie The Boondock Saints after the main characters commit a mass murder of bosses followed by a violent joke on a friend who is in the Mafia.^ All In The Family had a main character who was a bigoted racist.
  • By Ken Levine: My favorite euphemism for breasts 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC kenlevine.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I have found many of my friends who are quite strong in character and intelligence to prefer this kind of humor and I never think anything less of them.
  • My Failed Attempt to Return a Broken 'Comfort Wipe' | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ [I]n the Seinfeld episode "The Pitch" Chamberlain is referenced when the main character Jerry and his friend George are in a restaurant discussing the aftermath of a vomiting incident on George's girlfriend.

Euphemisms referring to profanity itself

.In the Spanish language, words that mean "swear word" are used as exclamations in lieu of an actual swear word.^ "Community" is not what it means but how we use it as a word.

^ I actually think the use of the words 'successful' for 'rich' is interesting, as given the current cultural climate in America, and perhaps, the world, being rich is something somewhat stigmatized.
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ Dave Barry's novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business use actual dirty words, as the author warns at the beginning of both.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.The Spanish word maldición, literally meaning "curse" or "bad word", is occasionally used as an interjection of lament or anger, to replace any of several Spanish profanities that would otherwise be used in that same context.^ "Community" is not what it means but how we use it as a word.

^ Recess used a fictional curse-word "whomp", which seemed to mean "suck" from context.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ One of the Forsaken does use a curse word which another Forsaken finds strong, although it is meaningless to us.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.The same is true in Italian with the word maledizione.^ That is why in Italian, Spanish, and French, the word for ‘bank’ and ‘park bench’ are the same.
  • My Failed Attempt to Return a Broken 'Comfort Wipe' | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In Greek, the word κατάρα "curse" is found, although βρισιά, from ύβρις(hubris) is more commonly used, and in English (especially British usage), an exclamation that is used in a similar style is curses.^ English dialect dictionary, being the complete vocabulary of all dialect words still in use, or known to have been in use during the last two hundred years; founded on the publications of the English dialect society and on a large amount of material never .

^ One of the Forsaken does use a curse word which another Forsaken finds strong, although it is meaningless to us.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ But perhaps because using a word that apparently meant "suck" didn't make much sense in that context, they replaced it with the more fitting name of One Too.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

The stereotyped "Perils of Pauline" silent film might have the villain tying his victim to a railroad track. When the hero rescues the heroine, the card might say, "Curses! Foiled again!" in place of whatever cursing the character presumably uttered.

Euphemisms for death and murder

.The English language contains numerous euphemisms related to dying, death, burial, and the people and places which deal with death.^ Filed under: English language -- Euphemism .

^ Personally, my experience has been that much more troublesome than language is how people deal with disabled people.
  • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ American dictionary of the English language; containing the whole vocabulary of the first edition ...

.The practice of using euphemisms for death is likely to have originated with the magical belief that to speak the word "death" was to invite death; where to "draw Death's attention" is the ultimate bad fortune — a common theory holds that death is a taboo subject in most English-speaking cultures for precisely this reason.^ It's the same word you use for describing objects, for example (like a black dress or a black pen).
  • About the expression "person of color" - Community 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC community.feministing.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It would be like using "Lawrence Welk" as a swearword - or, for more modern swearwords, "Yanni" or "Kenny G." Several euphemisms are also used in the Monty Python skit " Nudge Nudge ".
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ It'd help if the two dubbed words sounded remotely like the original actor (or if cocaine wasn't supposed to go up one's nose to begin with).
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.It may be said that one is not dying, but fading quickly because the end is near.^ Tack on a horse overdosing near the end and you’ve got yourself one of the worst books ever made, children’s or otherwise.
  • 10 Great Books For (Traumatizing) Children | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "In other words, one woman is dying every seven minutes due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth," said the body, which records births and deaths.

.People who have died are referred to as having passed away or passed or departed.^ The term first emerged in the sixteenth century and was used in reference to people who lost mental functioning.
  • Mental retardation - Psychology Wiki 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC psychology.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Kick the bucket seems innocuous enough until one considers that such might be fatal if such removes a commonplace stand that prevents a suicidal hanging.^ Everyone in the movie is a fake, half of them are compensating for something, and the one who might at first seem to be the most genuine is the most fake.
  • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Economics of the past seem hard to compare to today, considering we now have such a global marketplace, and large emerging markets like China.
  • Spending, Recession, and the Great Depression » My Money Blog 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.mymoneyblog.com [Source type: General]

^ I prefer "Kicked the bucket", "Hopped the twig", "Stuck his spoon in the wall", "Met the big one", ...
  • Unfogged: Comment on Hugh Thompson 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.unfogged.com [Source type: General]

.Deceased is a euphemism for "dead", and sometimes the deceased is said to have gone to a better place, but this is used primarily among the religious with a concept of Heaven.^ I’ve always loved the euphemisms John Clese uses in the parrot sketch in place of “dead”: kicked the bucket, a stiff, bereft of life, gone to meet his Maker, rung down the curtain, ceased to be, joined the choir invisible, pushing up the daisies, etc.
  • Celebrity News, Blogs and Photos | accessAtlanta 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.accessatlanta.com [Source type: General]

^ A euphemism is a word or phrase used to mask a rude or offensive concept.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Not deceased or passed away or "no longer with us" or "in a better place" or what-have-you.
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

.Was taken to Jesus implies salvation specifically for Christians, but met his maker may imply some judgment, content implied or unknown, by God.^ Some of the initial content on this page may be incorporated in part from copyleft sources in the public domain including wikis such as Wikipedia and AskDrWiki .
  • Mental retardation - wikidoc 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.wikidoc.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ [Warning: Some of the content of that post is graphic and may be disturbing to some readers.

^ One reason is that "developmental delay" implies that the child's developmental functioning may some day catch up to her peers.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

.Some Christians often use phrases such as gone to be with the Lord or called to higher service (this latter expression being particularly prevalent in the Salvation Army) or "graduated" to express their belief that physical death is not the end, but the beginning of the fuller realization of redemption.^ When you want to suggest someone has their head well up their own ass, but are in a place and time where such a comment would be inappropriate (say, a church service or in conversation with a cherubic group of kindergarteners), use this phrase instead: .
  • Whatever: A New Euphemism For You 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.scalzi.com [Source type: General]

^ Because if you call out the emergency services and it’s not a real emergency, you’ll die in a fire.
  • 10 Great Books For (Traumatizing) Children | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some have gone as far as threaten to kill me in real life, if someone calls me gay or a fag in the game, I tell them so what.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

.Orthodox Christians often use the euphemism fallen asleep or fallen asleep in the Lord, which reflects Orthodox beliefs concerning death and resurrection.^ The term is of US origin and was first used to describe deaths in the Vietnam War, then in the Gulf War, then in the action (euphemism!
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.The dead body entices many euphemisms, some polite and some profane, as well as dysphemisms such as worm food, or dead meat.^ Recently, more and more people began to use such euphemisms as “funeral home” and “memorial park” since the words “home” and “park” are more humane with some warm and tranquil implications.
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^ Some of it is a thinly disguised substitute for real-world swearing, such as "shavit" in which the middle two letters might as well not be there.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Many euphemisms are so common, that we don’t even recognize them as such.
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Modern rhyming slang contains the expression brown bread. .The corpse was once referred to as the shroud (or house or tenement) of clay, and modern funerary workers use terms such as the loved one (title of a novel about Hollywood undertakers by Evelyn Waugh) or the dear departed.^ In Days of Ruin an unnamed IDS agent uses terms such as "Oh good gravy" and "Sweet corn casserole!".
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ A term used by descendents of European immigrants to refer to descendants of Indigenous Americans.
  • “Illegal Immigrant” Is the Real Euphemism | Immigration | Change.org 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC immigration.change.org [Source type: General]

^ Sometimes other curses are used that refer to Phyrexia, such as "the nine hells."
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.(They themselves have given up the euphemism funeral director for grief therapist, and hold arrangement conferences with relatives.^ The example given below shows how the euphemism themselves became taboo with the passage of time.
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^ They, the povertarians, want to "help" those who are deserving; and those most deserving are those who cannot help themselves, of course, those who cannot resist the helping hands of the povertarians who grab and hold and squeeze the poor to death.

^ Some examples: "Seamstress" has become an Unusual Euphemism for "prostitute" in Ankh-Morpork ("They call themselves 'seamstresses'...
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

) Among themselves, mortuary technicians often refer to the corpse as the client. .A recently dead person may be referred to as "the late John Doe". The term cemetery for "graveyard" is a borrowing from Greek, where it was a euphemism, literally meaning 'sleeping place'. The term undertaking for "burial" is so well-established that most people do not even recognize it as a euphemism.^ The place for the dead to sleep forever can be referred to with the common words like “mortuary” and “cemetery”.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ What does XXX mean to most people?
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

^ In a different episode, we even see a Visual Euphemism: all references to (we assume) marijuana were replaced with sandwiches, so we see the characters getting high off of large subs.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

In fact, undertaking has taken on a negative connotation, as undertakers have a devious reputation.
.Contemporary euphemisms and dysphemisms for death tend to be quite colorful, and someone who has died is said to have died, passed on, checked out, bit the big one, kicked the bucket, bitten the dust, popped their clogs, pegged it, carked it, turned their toes up, bought the farm, cashed in their chips, fallen off their perch, croaked, given up the ghost (originally a more respectful term, cf. the death of Jesus as translated in the King James Version of the Bible Mark 15:37), gone south, gone west, gone to California, shuffled off this mortal coil (from William Shakespeare's Hamlet), Run down the curtain and joined the Choir Invisible, or assumed room temperature (actually a dysphemism in use among mortuary technicians).^ I didn’t turn out *too* fucked up.
  • 10 Great Books For (Traumatizing) Children | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There's still a bit of a sense of indirection, of euphemism, when one uses it.
  • Unfogged: Comment on Hugh Thompson 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.unfogged.com [Source type: General]

^ That's gone down quite a bit.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

.When buried, they may be said to be pushing up daisies, sleeping the big sleep, taking a dirt nap, checking out the grass from underneath or six feet under.^ "They ripped up my peace sign," she said.

^ According to commentary, that scene and others were ad-libbed several times in a row until they came up with something they liked; the replacements may be alternative takes.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Learning will take them longer, require more repetition, and there may be some things they cannot learn.
  • Mental retardation - wikidoc 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.wikidoc.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are hundreds of such expressions in use.^ There's such variety in your work, Ian, from what you draw, to what tools you use, to how you use them...
  • ❂❂❂ The Sketchbook of Ian M. Ellis ❂❂❂ Nonsense ❂❂❂ [11.08.09] - ConceptArt.org Forums 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.conceptart.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There is a constant rise in Hindi words and expression used in Indian English.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

(Old Burma-Shave jingle: "If daisies are your favorite flower, keep pushin’ up those miles per hour!") In Edwin Muir's 'The Horses' a euphemism is used to show the elimination of the human race 'The seven days war that put the world to sleep.'
Euthanasia also attracts euphemisms. .One may put one out of one's misery, put one to sleep, or have one put down, the latter two phrases being used primarily with dogs, cats, and horses who are being or have been euthanized by a veterinarian.^ Amusingly enough, he meant it literally at first (this being the reason he arranged the marriage in the first place), then began using the phrase euphemistically while expounding on her other...*ahem*...assets.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ I can live frugally out here, ride bikes where I can, comics are my one vice, send the money home and use Skype to see the kids.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ One resident of West Kabul said:"We have to keep a dog.My two daughters work on rugs and this supports the whole family.We have to support-feed-the dog as well.
  • Killing You is a Very Easy Thing For Us | Human Rights Watch 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.hrw.org [Source type: Original source]

.(These terms are not usually applied to humans, because both medical ethics and law deprecate euthanasia.^ They hate Gonzales because for all his Milquetoasty futzing and stumbling around he has managed to prevent a sharp reversal on both of these items on the MoveOn checklist.
  • It's Time To Take Fredo Out Fishing | Redstate 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.redstate.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the 1990s, because of the term’s association with radical left-wing politics and Communist censorship , the US Right applied it to discredit the Old Left and the New Left.
  • ocfinder.com | all about orange county! | ocfinder.com | all about orange county! 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC ocfinder.dot5hosting.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These documents, which he usually received censored and [blacked out], were obtained by virtue of the Law on access to information.

) In fact, Dr. Bernard Nathanson has pointed out that the word "euthanasia" itself is a euphemism, being Greek for "good death".
.Some euphemisms for killing are neither respectful nor playful, but instead clinical and detached, including terminate, wet work, to take care of one, to do them in, to off, or to take them out.^ Ein Reich: The Caliphate, or if not administratively yet one Caliphate, then some approximation thereof, of Muslim states working in tandem against non-Muslims.

^ Among many ideas, this one stood out for me: Britannica will help them with research and publishing tools and by allowing them to easily use text and non-text material from Encyclopaedia Britannica in their work.
  • SansBlogue: June 2008 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.bigbible.org [Source type: General]

^ Some facilities address this problem by installing a spring-loaded dispenser in which the current roll is the only one readily visible (thus encouraging the user to take from the current roll).
  • toilet - Anarchopedia 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.To cut loose or open up on someone or something means "to shoot at with every available weapon". Gangland euphemisms for murder include whack, rub out, hit, take him for a ride, to cut one down to size', or "put him in cement boots" or "put him in a concrete overcoat", the latter two implying disposal in deep water, if then alive by drowning; the arrangement for a killing may be a simple "contract", which suggests a normal transaction of business.^ Some may argue words are not weapons of context and labels do not convey meaning in a vain effort to protest against the political correctness of the euphemism treadmill but they are mistaking their hubris for a false humanity.
  • Defining Down Normal and the Separation of Needs - Urban Semiotic 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC urbansemiotic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Samuel 11.8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king.
  • SansBlogue: June 2008 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.bigbible.org [Source type: General]

^ And when more is not forthcoming, will never be, then one must seek out something that at least pretends to give meaning.

One of the most infamous euphemisms in history was the German term
Endlösung, frequently translated in English as "Final Solution" as if it were the consequence of a bureaucratic decision or even an academic exercise instead of a systematic plan for genocide.
.Some dysphemisms, especially for death are euphemisms or dysphemisms for other unpleasant events and thus are unpleasant in their literal meaning, used to generalize a bad event.^ Euphemism & dysphemism : language used as shield and weapon / by Keith Allan, Kate Burridge.

^ Amusingly enough, he meant it literally at first (this being the reason he arranged the marriage in the first place), then began using the phrase euphemistically while expounding on her other...*ahem*...assets.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Living in SF we're used to living near some bad areas.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

."Having your ass handed to you", "left for the rats", "toasted", "roasted", "burned", "pounded", "bent over the barrel", "screwed over" or other terms commonly describe death or the state of imminent death, but also are common in describing defeat of any kind such as a humiliating loss in a sport or video game, being unfairly treated or cast aside in business affairs, being badly beaten in a fight, and similar.^ Thank you for your kind words.
  • Kristallnacht: Murder by Euphemism 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.aish.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I understand you have something up your ass?” .
  • My Failed Attempt to Return a Broken 'Comfort Wipe' | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Deal with it, live your life, and be proud of who you are, casting aside whatever Random A**hole #1-100 has to say.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

Such an execution device as the electric chair has been known as "Old Sparky" or "Yellow Mama", and the device that delivers lethal chemicals to the condemned in a lethal injection is reduced to "the needle".
.To terminate with prejudice generally means to end one's employment without possibility of rehire (as opposed to lay off, where the person can expect rehire if business picks up), but the related term to terminate with extreme prejudice now usually means to kill.^ Our only goal right now is to protect ourselves should the economy bottom out or one of us ends up out of a job.
  • Spending, Recession, and the Great Depression » My Money Blog 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.mymoneyblog.com [Source type: General]

^ In one book a character from the mid-21st century claims it's from a kids' TV series and means "tired", but the Doctor says that by the 24th century (where his companions picked it up) it means "something very rude indeed".
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Or, your the one that ends up looking ignorant.
  • “Illegal Immigrant” Is the Real Euphemism | Immigration | Change.org 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC immigration.change.org [Source type: General]

The adjective extreme may occasionally be omitted. In a famous line from the movie Apocalypse Now, Captain Willard is told to terminate Colonel Kurtz's commission "with extreme prejudice". An acronym, TWEP has been coined from this phrase, which can be used as a verb: "He was TWEPed/TWEPped."
.The Dead Parrot Sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus contains an extensive list of euphemisms for death, referring to the deceased parrot that the character played by John Cleese had purchased.^ I’ve always loved the euphemisms John Clese uses in the parrot sketch in place of “dead”: kicked the bucket, a stiff, bereft of life, gone to meet his Maker, rung down the curtain, ceased to be, joined the choir invisible, pushing up the daisies, etc.
  • Atlanta Metro News | ajc.com 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.ajc.com [Source type: General]

^ In a different episode, we even see a Visual Euphemism: all references to (we assume) marijuana were replaced with sandwiches, so we see the characters getting high off of large subs.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ It would be like using "Lawrence Welk" as a swearword - or, for more modern swearwords, "Yanni" or "Kenny G." Several euphemisms are also used in the Monty Python skit " Nudge Nudge ".
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.The popularity of the sketch has itself increased the popularity of some of these euphemisms — indeed, it has introduced another euphemism for death, "pining for the fjords" — although in the sketch that phrase was used by the shop owner to assert that the parrot was not dead, but was merely quiet and contemplative.^ I’ve always loved the euphemisms John Clese uses in the parrot sketch in place of “dead”: kicked the bucket, a stiff, bereft of life, gone to meet his Maker, rung down the curtain, ceased to be, joined the choir invisible, pushing up the daisies, etc.
  • Atlanta Metro News | ajc.com 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.ajc.com [Source type: General]

^ Recently, more and more people began to use such euphemisms as “funeral home” and “memorial park” since the words “home” and “park” are more humane with some warm and tranquil implications.
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^ Perhaps the best way to learn about euphemisms and their growth is to investigate some example like the toilet room (the word toilet was itself originally a euphemism).
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.A similar passage occurs near the beginning of The Twelve Chairs, where Bezenchuk, the undertaker, astonishes Vorobyaninov with his classification of people by the euphemisms used to speak of their deaths.^ Recently, more and more people began to use such euphemisms as “funeral home” and “memorial park” since the words “home” and “park” are more humane with some warm and tranquil implications.
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^ The term is of US origin and was first used to describe deaths in the Vietnam War, then in the Gulf War, then in the action (euphemism!
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^ Let us use this opportunity to challenge one other thing that has cost people their peace of mind before this crisis occurred; the belief that we can have it all and have it now.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

The game Dungeon Siege contains many euphemisms for death as well. .Likewise the videogame Secret of Mana uses the phrase sees the reaper to mean death.^ The word "Frag" is used to mean a kill in an online FPS. See Live Action TV examples below .
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

Also, a scene in the film Patch Adams features Patch (Robin Williams) dressed in an angel costume, reading out various synonyms and euphemisms for the phrase "to die" to a man dying of cancer. .This evolves into a contest between the two men to see who can come up with more, and better, euphemisms, ending when Patch comes up with "and if we bury you ass up, we'll have a place to park my bike."^ Know who you are, where you come from, and who you'll always be no matter what.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ I think I'll see it in my lifetime.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ Hello, climate change, so nice to see you, come on in, have a beer.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

The name of the village of Ban Grong Greng in Thailand is a euphemism for Death Village. It literally means the Village of the Dreaded Gong. It is so named because it is the home to Wat Grong Greng (temple of the dreaded gong) at which the burning of bodies at funerals is preceded by the beating of a gong.

Euphemisms in job titles

.Euphemisms are common in job titles; some jobs have complicated titles that make them sound more impressive than the common names would imply, such as CPA in place of car parking attendant.^ More than you would think.
  • How are you coping with collapse-anxiety? - Boing Boing 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC feeds.boingboing.net [Source type: General]

^ Judging by your post(this is not a personal attack), it sounds like you would rather keep your head in the sand rather than accept his condition.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are some who are great moral leaders, and they do need more than the rest of us because they are the geniuses of our Age.

.Many of these euphemisms may include words such as engineer, though in fact the people who do the job are not accredited in engineering.^ Closer to home, many people have noticed the euphemisms for various jobs that have crept into the language, as well as the all-euphemistic code of people seeking dates: “curvy,” “athletic,” “adventurous,” etc.
  • Atlanta Metro News | ajc.com 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.ajc.com [Source type: General]

^ In another instance, the search engine on the BBC website includes the word terrorist but the page linked to has had that word expurgated.
  • [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists :: Daniel Pipes 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.danielpipes.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To remove the obstacles to the perfect society the social engineer would create is to remove those people who are obstructive.

.Extreme cases, such as sanitation engineer for janitor, or 'transparent-wall maintenance officer' for window cleaner, are cited humorously more often than they are used seriously.^ The words used to describe immigrants say more about the speaker than the subject.
  • “Illegal Immigrant” Is the Real Euphemism | Immigration | Change.org 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC immigration.change.org [Source type: General]

^ There are some who are great moral leaders, and they do need more than the rest of us because they are the geniuses of our Age.

^ In some cases, they may be used mockingly and become dysphemisms.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Another example is Henny Youngman's joke that his brother-in-law claimed to be a "diamond cutter" — his job was to mow the lawn at Yankee Stadium. .Less extreme cases, such as custodian for janitor or administrative assistant for secretary, are considered more terms of respect than euphemisms.^ Also: even if snowy was really “messing” with everyone, that makes him more pathetic than he already came accross as, not less.
  • My Failed Attempt to Return a Broken 'Comfort Wipe' | Cracked.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A term more destructive than terrorist [228 words] .
  • [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists :: Daniel Pipes 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.danielpipes.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One of the few times where the euphemism makes more sense than the word it's replacing.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.Where the work itself is seen as distasteful, a euphemism may be used, for example "rodent officer" for a rat-catcher, or "cemetery operative" for a gravedigger.^ This is one example of a pediatric euphemism that was taken too far and used for too long, which then created misunderstandings, inappropriate expectations, and insufficient therapeutic services.
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Similarly, we use euphemisms to express taboos, as we feel that they keep us at safe distance from the taboo itself.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Perhaps the best way to learn about euphemisms and their growth is to investigate some example like the toilet room (the word toilet was itself originally a euphemism).
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In the British comedy series Yes, Minister episode The Skeleton in the Cupboard, the civil service in general and Bernard in particular refers to civil service rat-catchers as "environmental health officers"

Doublespeak

.Doublespeak, often incorrectly assumed to originate from George Orwell's novel 1984, is language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often resulting in a communication bypass.^ Slang very often involves the creation of novel meanings for existing words.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

What distinguishes doublespeak from other euphemisms is its deliberate usage. Doublespeak may be in the form of bald euphemisms such as "downsizing" or "rightsizing" for "firing of many employees"; or deliberately ambiguous phrases such as "wet work" for "assassination" and "take out" for "destroy".
Mass murder can be euphemized: the extermination of persons seen as class enemies of the Soviet Union was termed liquidation; in Nazi Germany the elimination of Jews received the ambiguous-sounding "Final Solution of the Jewish Question".

Common examples

Other common euphemisms include:
.
  • a love of musical theatre, light in the loafers, good fashion sense or confirmed bachelor for male homosexuality
  • acting like rabbits, making love to, getting it on, cheeky time, doing it, making the beast with two backs, or sleeping with for having sex with
  • adult entertainment, adult material, or erotica for pornography
  • alcohol-related, single-car crash for drunk driver
  • an intestinal release of pressure for fart
  • bathroom tissue, t.p., or bath tissue for toilet paper (usually used by toilet paper manufacturers)
  • big, fluffy, "thick-boned", full-figured or heavy-set instead of fat
  • chemical dependency for drug addiction (though these technically describe distinct conditions)
  • co-morbidity for simultaneous existence of related mental and physical health issues (when morbidity is used as a medical term for illness)
  • correctional facility for prison
  • custodian or caretaker for janitor (Also originally a euphemism — in Latin, it means doorman.^ Which is odd because the term originates from Latin .

    ^ (A great many latin-based terms for body parts and bodily functions, which are now seen as the most "correct" words even in nonmedical settings, were largely euphemistic originally, since they didn't have the same emotional punch as the four-letter Anglo-Saxon words.
    • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

    ^ O’ fer the sake of….the correct term is “man-caused sudden release of energy while self-terminating.” .
    • Hot Air » Blog Archive » The Euphemism Presidency 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC hotair.com [Source type: General]

    In the British Secret Service, it may still carry the ancient meaning. It does in the novels of John le Carré.)
  • differently abled for disabled
  • discontinuation syndrome for withdrawal
  • dual-diagnosed for having both mental illness and drug problems
  • economically depressed neighborhood or culturally-deprived environment for ghetto or slum
  • enhanced interrogation technique for torture[10]
  • fee for fine
  • feeling no pain (and dozens of others) for drunk
  • fertility center for infertility center
  • force, police action, peace process or conflict for war
  • gaming for gambling
  • gender reassignment for sex change
  • gentlemen's club for go-go bar or strip club
  • getting smashed or hammered instead of drinking or being drunk
  • gravitationally challenged for clumsy
  • haem or heme (Americanism) for blood, often used in medical settings ("severe heme loss").
  • held back: a student being held back a grade level for having failed or flunked the grade level
  • ill-advised for very poor or bad
  • intellectually challenged for being mentally retarded, which replaced feeble minded, which had itself succeeded halfwit
  • it's snowin' down south for your slip is showing
  • legal capital for stated capital
  • lost their lives for were killed
  • mature or been around the block for old or elderly
  • mental health center for mental illness center
  • motivation for bribe
  • peer homework help or comparing answers for cheating
  • persuasion for torture
  • pre-owned vehicles or even pre-loved for used cars
  • restroom for toilet room in American English (the word toilet was itself originally a euphemism)
  • sanitary landfill for garbage dump (and a temporary garbage dump is a transfer station), also often called a Civic Amenity in the UK
  • sanitation worker (or, sarcastically, sanitation officer or sanitation engineer), or garbologist, for bin man or garbage man
  • specific about what one eats for being a picky eater
  • take legal action for sue
  • the big C for cancer (in addition, some people whisper the word when they say it in public, and doctors euphemistically use technical terminology when discussing cancer in front of patients, e.g., "c.a." or "neoplasia"/"neoplastic process", "carcinoma" for "tumor"); euphemisms for cancer are used even more so in the Netherlands, because the Dutch word for cancer can be used as a curse word
  • the north of Ireland for Northern Ireland, which is seen by many Irish people as a term imposed by the British and therefore a profanity; however, saying the north of Ireland may be primarily a way of identifying oneself with the Irish Nationalist cause, rather than a euphemism
  • to cut excesses (in a budget) for to fire employees
  • to have been paid for being fired from or by one's employer
  • traditionally built for overweight
  • vertically-challenged for short
  • wellness for benefits and treatments that tend to only be used in times of sickness
  • woman in sensible shoes for lesbian
.These lists might suggest that most euphemisms are well-known expressions.^ And, of course, there are plenty of regional variants; with those typical of the Kansai province the most well-known .
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.Often euphemisms can be somewhat situational; what might be used as a euphemism in a conversation between two friends might make no sense to a third person.^ A euphemism that hooked me and several of my friends was a callback to a conversation between Porgie & Mudhead's line, "That Louise Wong's got a balcony you can do Shakespeare from".
  • By Ken Levine: My favorite euphemism for breasts 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC kenlevine.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Actually, English is my third language, if it makes any sense...
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ One of the few times where the euphemism makes more sense than the word it's replacing.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.In this case, the euphemism is being used as a type of innuendo.^ There are some cases where we continue making more euphemisms for the same thing because the original one has become sullied by use.
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ And there are also cases where you just can't use "successful" as an euphemism for rich.
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ Duane's original post A Euphemism for Pudenda seeks to make a case for a euphemistic use of "feet" in Biblical Hebrew.
  • SansBlogue: June 2008 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.bigbible.org [Source type: General]

.At other times, the euphemism is common in some circles (such as the medical field) but not others, becoming a type of jargon or, in underworld situations especially, argot.^ Recently, more and more people began to use such euphemisms as “funeral home” and “memorial park” since the words “home” and “park” are more humane with some warm and tranquil implications.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ National Public Radio has become particularly fond of saying companies plan to "monetize assets" as a euphemism for "sell some shit."
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

^ Often euphemisms can undermine appropriate attitudes towards serious issues such as the evolving terms describing the medical problem of the cumulative mental trauma of soldiers in high stress situations: .
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.One such example is the line "put him in bed with the captain's daughter" from the popular sea shanty Drunken Sailor.^ One big example of the failure of this line of thinking is the euphemism treadmill.
  • Bug Fixing and Kernel Code Quality | KernelTrap 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC kerneltrap.org [Source type: General]
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^ I for one am tired of gay and straight people putting such a high priority on sexuality in general.
  • Disturbing Video Shows Player Homophobia At Work On Xbox LIVE - GayGamer.net 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC gaygamer.net [Source type: Original source]

.Although this line may sound more like a reward for getting drunk to non-seamen, the phrase "captain's daughter" was actually a euphemism used among sailors for the cat o' nine tails (itself a euphemism for a kind of whip).^ It would be like using "Lawrence Welk" as a swearword - or, for more modern swearwords, "Yanni" or "Kenny G." Several euphemisms are also used in the Monty Python skit " Nudge Nudge ".
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Healthy people are very clueless about what it’s actually like to be disabled and so how they treat the disabled is, because of ignorance and perhaps fear, more psychologically powerful than how they use language.
  • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But the actual phrase used by the Israeli military was ‘wanted terrorists.'"
  • [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists :: Daniel Pipes 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.danielpipes.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Euphemisms can also be used by governments to rename statutes to use a less offensive expression.^ A euphemism is "a word or expression intended to be less offensive and troubling to the listener."
  • Healthy Children: "Developmental Delay" or "Mentally Retarded?" Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC blogs.webmd.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The original Wing Commander used "slag off" as an Unusual Euphemism for less Media Watchdog -friendly terms ending in "off".
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ A euphemism is the avoidance of the use of something less "desirable" (in the eyes of the speaker or writer).
  • xkcd • View topic - Euphemisms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC forums.xkcd.com [Source type: General]

For example, in Ontario, Canada, the "Disabled Person Parking Permit" was renamed to the "Accessible Parking Permit" in 2007.[11]
.The word euphemism itself can be used as a euphemism.^ In reporting the murder of one of its own cameraman, the BBC, which normally avoids the word terrorist, found itself using that term.
  • [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists :: Daniel Pipes 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.danielpipes.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Recently, more and more people began to use such euphemisms as “funeral home” and “memorial park” since the words “home” and “park” are more humane with some warm and tranquil implications.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Similarly, we use euphemisms to express taboos, as we feel that they keep us at safe distance from the taboo itself.
  • #43, Research Paper: Intellectual Fashion in India: The Role of Euphemism, Neologism and Slang in Indian English « ELTWeekly 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC eltweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In the animated short It's Grinch Night (See Dr. Seuss), a child asks to go to the euphemism, where euphemism is being used as a euphemism for outhouse. This euphemistic use of "euphemism" also occurred in the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? where a character requests, "Martha, will you show her where we keep the, uh, euphemism?" It is analogous to the 19th-century use of unmentionables for underpants.
.Also, lots of euphemisms are used in the improvised television show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?.^ I can't even flip on the television anymore because I just get inundated with in your face commercials designed for people with ADD. And a lot of the shows aren't any better (CSI?).
  • By Ken Levine: My favorite euphemism for breasts 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC kenlevine.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When people stop using television as a babysitter, I'm guessing we'll see a lot better behaved kids.
  • By Ken Levine: My favorite euphemism for breasts 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC kenlevine.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.They are used often in the game 'If You Know What I Mean', where players are given a scene and have to use as many obscure clichés and euphemisms as possible.^ (I believe) I know what you mean.
  • About the expression "person of color" - Community 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC community.feministing.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You know the one I mean."
  • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ It's a power game: they step on me, I step on you.

See also

References

  1. ^ Euphemism Webster's Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ Cultural Protocol — Death in a community Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ Dyen, Isidore, A. T. James & J. W. L. Cole. 1967. Language divergence and estimated word retention rate. Language 43/1: 150-171.
  4. ^ Gould, S.J., The Mismeasure of Man, W.W. Norton & Co, New York, 1996, pp. 188-189.
  5. ^ American Heritage Dictionary definition of "retarded" via answers.com.
  6. ^ George Carlin, They're Only Words, Track 14 on Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics, Atlantic/Wea audio CD, 1990.
  7. ^ http://www.google.com/explanation.html; http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/jonah081500.asp
  8. ^ McCool, W.C. (1957-02-06), Return of Rongelapese to their Home Island — Note by the Secretary, United States Atomic Energy Commission, http://worf.eh.doe.gov/ihp/chron/A43.PDF, retrieved 2007-11-07 .
  9. ^ Snopes.com, "Buy the Farm".
  10. ^ Nordquist, Richard. euphemism - definition and examples of euphemisms About.com
  11. ^ http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/vehicle/app.shtml

Further reading

.
  • Allan, Keith., Burridge, Kate.^ Euphemism & dysphemism : language used as shield and weapon / by Keith Allan, Kate Burridge.

    .Euphemism & Dysphemism: Language Used As Shield and Weapon, Oxford University Press, 1991. ISBN 0735102880.
  • Benveniste, Émile, "Euphémismes anciens and modernes", in: Problèmes de linguistique générale, vol.^ Euphemism & dysphemism : language used as shield and weapon / by Keith Allan, Kate Burridge.

    ^ It would be like using "Lawrence Welk" as a swearword - or, for more modern swearwords, "Yanni" or "Kenny G." Several euphemisms are also used in the Monty Python skit " Nudge Nudge ".
    • Unusual Euphemism - Television Tropes & Idioms 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ The use of euphemism implies we feel we ought to, or have to, use a euphemism: that it’s somehow fundamentally inappropriate to acknowledge the truth with direct, accurate language.
    • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

    .1, pp. 308–314. [originally published in: Die Sprache, I (1949), pp. 116–122].
  • Rawson, Hugh, A Dictionary of Euphemism & Other Doublespeak, second edition, 1995. ISBN 0517702010.
  • R.W.Holder: How Not to Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms, Oxford University Press, 501 pages, 2003. ISBN 0198607628.
  • Maledicta: The International Journal of Verbal Aggression (ISSN US).
  • McGlone, M.S., Beck, G., & Pfiester, R.A. (2006).^ Like they were saying...now just wait a minute, we'll show you how to get it right.

    ^ Just because you try to remove heavy loaden words from common language and replace them by others having the same meaning you don't remove the phenomenon.
    • [photo] OLPC Mass Production starts : reddit.com 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC reddit.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Steve LaBonne – so in other words, according to Gautama Buddha if you manage to get everything right, only non-knowledgeable people will say you got things wrong.
    • Special “special” edition — Crooked Timber 16 September 2009 22:22 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

    Contamination and camouflage in euphemisms. Communication Monographs, 73, 261-282.
  • Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. .Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.^ Cambridge: Harvard University Press; 2007, p.

    ^ Warren Christopher, "Leadership for the Next American Century," Address at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., January 18, 1996.
    • U.S. "Global Leadership": A Euphemism for World Policeman 16 January 2010 4:41 UTC www.cato.org [Source type: Original source]

    p. 678. ISBN 0-674-36250-0.
     

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Simple English

The English Wiktionary has a dictionary definition (meanings of a word) for:

Euphemism is the use of a word (or phrase) that replaces another one that one thinks to be too offensive or vulgar.[1]

It also may be a replacement of a name or a word, that could reveal a secret or holy and sacred names to the uninitiated. It may also be used to obscure the identity of the subject of a conversation from potential eavesdroppers. A well known example for many is the replacement of Lord Voldemort's name by "You-Know-Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" in Harry Potter. Some euphemisms are intended to be humorous.

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Usage

When a phrase is used as a euphemism, it often becomes a metaphor whose literal meaning is dropped. Euphemisms may be used to hide unpleasant or disturbing ideas, even when the literal term for them is not necessarily offensive. This type of euphemism is used in politics.

Common examples

Examples for euphemisms are:

  • restroom for toilet room (the word toilet was itself originally a euphemism). This is an Americanism.
  • making love to, doing it, or sleeping with for having sex with
  • bathroom tissue, t.p., or bath tissue for toilet paper (Usually used by toilet paper manufacturers)
  • mature for old or elderly

Other pages

References

  1. Euphemism Webster's Online Dictionary
  • Benveniste, Émile, "Euphémismes anciens and modernes", in: Problèmes de linguistique générale, vol. 1, pp. 308-314. [originally published in: Die Sprache, I (1949), pp. 116-122].
  • Rawson, Hugh, A Dictionary of Euphemism & Other Doublespeak, second edition, 1995. ISBN
  • R.W.Holder: How Not to Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms, Oxford University Press, 501 pages, 2003. ISBN
  • Maledicta: The International Journal of Verbal Aggression (ISSN US)
  • McGlone, M.S., Beck, G., & Pfiester, R.A. (2006). Contamination and camouflage in euphemisms. Communication Monographs, 73, 261-282.
  • Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. pp. p. 678. ISBN 0-674-36250-0. 


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