How Not to Say What You Mean

How Not to Say What You Mean

A Dictionary of Euphemisms

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This brand new edition celebrating 20 years of R. W. Holder's popular and successful dictionary of euphemisms is packed full of traditional favourites, such as 'Dutch uncle' or 'push up the daisies', as well as euphemisms from the contemporary world such as 'restructuring' and 'extrajudicialkilling'. Definitions include examples from real authors, along with entertaining explanations of their origins. To prove that the use of euphemisms is not just a British speciality, there is widespread coverage of American euphemisms, too: for example, 'English' (pertaining to sexual deviance) and'watermelon' (an indication of pregnancy). The A-Z organization of the text is complemented by a thematic index with short introductory articles on fruitful areas of euphemistic language such as business, sex, death, and the human body. How Not To Say What You Mean remains the most lively andauthoritative guide to the language of evasion, hyprocrisy, prudery, and deceit.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition: 4th ed.
ISBN: 9780199208395
Characteristics: xvi, 410 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Dictionary of euphemisms


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