What are they?
1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for“to die.”. 170 more words
Nixon did it, and so did Kennedy. George W. Bush has been caught numerous times on tape grinning broadly and flashing what he called the “one-finger salute.” It has been described as “flipping someone off” or “giving someone the bird,” but when it comes right down to it, the gesture of raising the middle finger ultimately translates as “fuck you!” Every nation has its own array of verbal assaults, but they also have their arsenal of insulting gestures as well. 1,539 more words
In which the author gives out* about the Hiberno-English tendency towards euphemism
(lit) to give out
to complain about something
Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin. 584 more words
In the age when torture has become “enhanced interrogation techniques”; when the rich are “job creators”; when murdered children are “collateral damage”; it is good to remember these brilliant words from the late, great, George Carlin.
Fair warning folks, we’re about to venture far into the land of Too Much Information… Today, on the TMI show, we’ll be talking about menstruation. Now Perceptive, tell the audience what it’s like to ride the red river for 5 days… 1,116 more words