Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms

Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms

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How did die become kick the bucket, underwear become unmentionables, and having an affair become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have become embedded in the fabric of our language. EUPHEMANIA traces the origins of euphemisms from a tool of the church to a form of gentility to today's instrument of commercial, political, and postmodern doublespeak.

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (December 14, 2010)

Format: EPUB

File size: 548 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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