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  What is a euphemism?
A euphemism is a metaphorical or metonymic use of an expression in place of another expression that is disagreeable or offensive.
In Acts 2:39 and Ephesians 2:13, 17 of the Bible, the expression those that are afar off is used in place of a term of direct reference to the Gentiles.
This page is an extract from the LinguaLinks Library, Version 5.0 published on CD-ROM by SIL International, 2003.
www.sil.org /linguistics/GlossaryOfLinguisticTerms/WhatIsAEuphemism.htm   (89 words)

  
  otherwordsforstuff.com - Euphemism history
A euphemism is a word or phrase that is used in place of a disagreeable or offensive term.
Euphemisms can eventually become taboo words themselves through a process for which the linguist Steven Pinker has coined the term euphemism treadmill, which is comparable to Gresham's Law in economics.
Euphemisms are also used to hide unpleasant ideas, even when the term for them is not necessarily offensive.
www.otherwordsforstuff.com /history   (519 words)

  
  Euphemism: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com
A euphemism is a word or phrase that is used in place of a disagreeable or offensive term.
Euphemisms are also used to hide unpleasant ideas, even when the term for them is not offensive.
This kind of euphemism is used extensively in the fields of public relations and politics.
www.encyclopedian.com /ta/Taboo-deformation.html   (403 words)

  
 Online Etymology Dictionary
In 17c., it began to be used as a euphemism for smock, and was itself displaced, for similar reasons of delicacy, in 19c.
First attested 1908 in dressmaking sense of "seams on the lower half of the arm-hole;" as a euphemism for armpit, it is attested from 1930s, popularized by advertisers.
Fertilizer as a euphemism for "manure" is from 1846.
www.etymonline.com /index.php?search=euphemism&searchmode=none   (1611 words)

  
 euphemism
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).
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.
Contemporary euphemisms for death tend to be quite colorful, and someone who has died is said to have passed away, passed on, bit the big one, bought the farm, croaked, given up the ghost, kicked the bucket, gone south, tits up, shuffled off this mortal coil (from William Shakespeare's Hamlet), or assumed room temperature.
www.synonym.org /euphemism.html   (2500 words)

  
 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Euphemism
EUPHEMISM Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language...
A usage of language in which an inoffensive word or expression is substituted for one that is considered unpleasant or derogatory, as in pass away for die or sleep with for have sexual intercourse with.
Euphemism, dysphemism, and the shaping of tax policy.
www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Euphemism   (659 words)

  
 Lingua Franca - 20/03/99: Is Political Correctness a Euphemism for Euphemism?
What's more, euphemisms can be deliberately provoking too.
euphemism, euphemism that aims not to disguise unpleasant reality, but to
misfortune are dispelled by a dip in the waters of euphemism'.
www.abc.net.au /rn/arts/ling/stories/s21564.htm   (1492 words)

  
 'Collateral Damage' as Euphemism for Mass Murder by Anthony Gregory
To say, as the head of the Ayn Rand Institute said, that innocent civilians are part of their State’s "war machine," and therefore "directly targeting civilians is perfectly legitimate" and they "should be killed without any moral hesitation," is to make an argument that should have no resonance whatsoever with the individualist.
And it cannot be free of guilt simply due to collectivist notions of nationalism, civilization, or inaccurate bean counting of individual men, women, and children as if they were statistics and not individuals.
Just like most euphemisms surrounding war – "sphere of influence," "nation-building," and "liberation" – "collateral damage" is a rhetorical trick to cover up the most serious of political crimes.
www.lewrockwell.com /gregory/gregory72.html   (2140 words)

  
 THE EUPHEMISM: TELLING IT LIKE IT ISN'T | TIME   (Site not responding. Last check: )
From a Greek word meaning "to use words of good omen," euphemism is the substitution of a pleasant term for a blunt one—telling it like it isn't.
In everyday conversation the euphemism is, at worst, a necessary evil; at its best, it is a handy verbal tool to avoid making enemies needlessly, or shocking friends.
On a larger scale, though, the persistent growth of euphemism in a language represents a danger to thought and action, since its fundamental intent is to deceive.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,901450,00.html   (685 words)

  
 euphemism - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Aristocracy: Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums…, Careers: "Career commitment" is a euphemism for…, Death and Dying: He hath shook hands...
Euphemisms: People of wealth and rank never use ugly names…
People of wealth and rank never use ugly names for ugly things.
encarta.msn.com /euphemism.html   (141 words)

  
 Euphemism provides journal for students' work - Features
Amy Outland, a senior English teacher education major and member of the executive board for the journal Euphemism, said they are working to expand the journal to include spoken word because they want to include all genres.
Outland said though Euphemism is found online, it was previously published in print form under a different name.
Euphemism is currently only found at ISU, but according to Outland, they are looking to go national with it sometime in the future.
media.www.dailyvidette.com /media/storage/paper420/news/2006/10/02/Features/Euphemism.Provides.Journal.For.Students.Work-2318477.shtml   (475 words)

  
  Euphemism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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, or in the case of doublespeak to make it less troublesome for the speaker.
Euphemisms for hell, damnation, and the devil, on the other hand, are often used to avoid invoking the power of the adversary.
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Euphemism   (3757 words)

  
 Euphemism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A euphemism is a word (or phrase) which people use in place of terms whichare more disagreeable or offensive to themselves and/or to their audience.
Euphemisms are used to hide unpleasant ideas, even when the term for them is not necessarily offensive.This latter kind of euphemism is used in the fields of publicrelations and politics ; where it is known as doublespeak.
Contemporary euphemisms for death tend to be quite colorful, and someone who has died is said to have bit the big one,bought the farm, croaked, given up the ghost, kicked the bucket, or shuffled off this mortal coil, to provide but afew of the hundreds of expressions in use.
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 Euphemism
The word euphemism comes from the Greek word euphemos, meaning "auspicious/good/fortunate speech" which in turn is derived from the Greek root-words eu (ευ), "good/well" + pheme (φήμη) "speech/speaking".
In the early 1960s, 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, in fact, all of its subsequent euphisms) seem to do.
Likewise, lethal injection itself is an euphemism for putting the convict to death by poisoning.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/e/eu/euphemism.html   (3141 words)

  
 Euphemism - The Jiggies Reference Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A euphemism is a word (or phrase) which people use in place of terms which are more disagreeable or offensive to themselves and/or to their audience.
Euphemisms are used to hide unpleasant ideas, even when the term for them is not necessarily offensive.
This latter kind of euphemism is used in the fields of public relations and politics; where it is known as doublespeak.
www.jiggies.com /reference/Euphemism   (648 words)

  
 euphemism - Anarchopedia
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.
This type of euphemism is used in public relations and politics, where it is sometimes called doublespeak.
Contemporary euphemisms for death tend to be quite colorful, and someone who has died is said to have passed away, passed on, bit the big one, bought the farm, croaked, given up the ghost, kicked the bucket, gone south, tits up, shuffled off this mortal coil (from William Shakespeare's Hamlet), or assumed room temperature.
eng.anarchopedia.org /index.php/euphemism   (2495 words)

  
 Euphemism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Euphemism is a polite or vague word or phrase used to replace another word or phrase that is thought of as too direct or rude.
Euphemism Quits for you - America is awash in euphemisms and doublespeak, argues William Lutz, author of The New Doublespeak (HarperCollins).
Euphemism for a Future Threat - the aliens thing is a euphemism for a future threat of some kind.and some comments on this topic.
www.kn.sbc.com /wired/fil/pages/listeuphemisge.html   (644 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Euphemism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Public relations is the art and science of managing communication between an organization and its key publics to build, manage and sustain its positive image.
Politics is a process by which decisions are made within groups.
Euphemisms are also used to hide unpleasant ideas, even when the term for them isn't offensive.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Euphemism   (363 words)

  
 Euphemism - InformationBlast
In different Indo-European languages, each of these words have difficult etymologies because of taboo deformations—a euphemism was substituted for the original, and the form of the original word no longer occurs in the language.
For example, "Toilet room", itself a euphemism, was replaced with "bathroom" and "water closet", which were replaced (respectively) with "rest room" and "W.C."."Funeral director" replaced "mortician", which replaced "undertaker", which replaced "gravedigger".
Curiously, there appears to be no common euphemism for Satan other than "the devil".
www.informationblast.com /Euphemism.html   (1052 words)

  
 euphemism - ek$i sozluk   (Site not responding. Last check: )
'anal iliþkiden hoþlanan erkek' anlamýnda kullanýlan 'gay' sözcüðü, mükemmel bir 'euphemism' örneðidir.
euphemism in, kavram olarak varlýðýnýn yaþý bir yana, uygulama olarak oldukça eski olduðu söylenebilir.
bu anlamda euphemism, kötülüðün kandýrýlmasýna yönelik bir uygulamadýr.
sozluk.sourtimes.org /show.asp?t=euphemism   (724 words)

  
 MooT - Is the word euphemism a euphemism?
The drawback of euphemism is that no matter what you call the nasty thing, the thing (e.g.
death) remains nasty and, eventually, the euphemism becomes as offensive as the word it replaced  -  and a new one must be found.
Man-made - a 1979 report commissioned by the Ontario Department of Education recommended that "sexist" terms, such as man-made and mankind, be replaced in all Ontario curricula by "non-sexist" terms, such as synthetic and humanity.
www.mootgame.com /articles/Is_the_word_euph_a_euph.html   (693 words)

  
 Euphemisms   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A euphemism (from the Greek words eu - well and pheme - speak) is a word or expression that is used when people want to find a polite or less direct way of talking about difficult or embarrassing topics like death or the bodily functions.
Typical of many recently-coined euphemisms are the words and expressions that try to avoid giving offence to various minority groups or unfortunate individuals.
The intention of this euphemism is to stress that the blind person is a person - who happens to have a visual disability.
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 Euphemism - LoveToKnow 1911
Eiickµos, having a sound of good omen; Eu, well, and Oi h un, sound or voice), a figure of speech in which an unpleasant or coarse phrase is replaced by a softer or less offensive expression.
A euphemism has sometimes a metaphorical sense, as in the substitution of the word "sleep" for "death."
This page was last modified 16:34, 25 Aug 2006.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Euphemism   (62 words)

  
 What is a Euphemism?
A euphemism is a word or phrase used to mask a rude or offensive concept.
Many euphemisms are so common, that we don't even recognize them as such.
Cacophemism or dysphemism are the opposites of euphemism.
www.wisegeek.com /what-is-a-euphemism.htm   (197 words)

  
 euphemism - Definitions from Dictionary.com
Example: `Pass on' is a euphemism for `die'.
An agreeable word or expression substituted for one that is potentially offensive, often having to do with bodily functions, sex, or death; for example, rest room for toilet, lady of the evening for prostitute.
The Nazis used euphemism in referring to their plan to murder the world's Jews as “the Final Solution.”
dictionary.reference.com /browse/euphemism   (303 words)

  
 'Delousing Van': Nazi Euphemism for Murder   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the fifth paragraph, Dr. Turner describes the "delousing van" - and the word, "Entlausungswagen," is placed in quote marks indicating its significance as a euphemism - which will be used in the "definitive clearing out" of his camp of Jewish women and children.
Then the time is come in which the Jewish officers to be found in prisoner of war camps under the Geneva Convention find out against our will about their no longer existing kinfolk and that could easily lead to complications.
This is noteworthy because it establishes with certainty that the euphemisms for the mass gassings of Jews included the same language used for more ordinary tasks, such as delousing gassings.
www.holocaust-history.org /19420411-turner-wolff   (795 words)

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