Examples of Euphemism

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Examples of Euphemism A euphemism is a polite expression used in place of words or phrases that otherwise might be considered harsh or unpleasant to hear. Euphemisms are used regularly, and there are many examples in every day language. Ads by Google Create eBooks Online, Use Our Free Software to Publish Your Book and Get Paid For It! www.foboko.com Types of Euphemisms To Soften an Expression Some euphemisms are used in order to make a blunt or unpleasant truth seem less harsh. Examples of euphemisms that fall into this category include: * Passed away instead of died * Correctional facility instead of jail * Departed instead of died * Differently-abled instead of handicapped or disabled * Fell off the back of a…show more content…
In the mid 1980s the USSR claimed to have been invited (euphemism) into Afghanistan; the Americans claimed that the Russians were aggressors (dysphemism) there. We get invited in; they are aggressors; the orthophemism is take military action in a foreign land." (Keith Allen and Kate Burridge, Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006) * "Euphemisms are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head. Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne." (Quentin Crisp, Manners from Heaven, 1984) * A Limited Kinetic Operation "I thought of [George]
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