The Usage Of Euphemisms And Colloquialisms

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We use many euphemisms/colloquialisms in our everyday communication. A euphemism is a nicer word or phrase that is used to make a sensitive topic less harsh according to dictionary.com (1995). Colloquialisms are words or phrases that are used to express something other than the words literal meaning as stated by vocabulary.com (year unknown). Most of the time we hardly know we use such terms or phrases nor do we know where they originate from. The usage of euphemisms and colloquialisms is a worldwide tendency. Not only is it a universal thing but the wide variety of social groups/communities are very diverse in what phrases they use and how they use them. A certain word I use in many ways, the word I am going to base this writing off of, is a colloquialism. It is a word that is a very common use back in my home town, Kewaunee Wisconsin, and one I get very strange looks for here in North Dakota. In this paper I am going to describe to you: how I use balls and ballsy in conversation with my social groups and what many different meanings, the origins of the word, the overall reflection of the colloquialism along with other words that may have a hidden power. The word balls, as well as the word ballsy, can be used as a colloquialism in numerous ways and be interpreted differently in context and across cultures. Some may think the term to be crude or vulgar, but I use it without thinking because I grew up around the term being used. One of the main phrases I use is,

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