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9780316056564

Euphemania Our Love Affair with Euphemisms

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  • ISBN13:

    9780316056564

  • ISBN10:

    0316056561

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-12-14
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Spark

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Summary

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. As much social commentary as a book for word lovers, EUPHEMANIA is a lively and thought-provoking look at the power of words and our power over them.

Author Biography

Ralph Keyes is the author of 15 books, including The Courage to Write and I Love It When You Talk Retro. He has written for Esquire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Newsweek, and Harper's. Keyes lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he writes, lectures, and is a Trustee of the Antioch Writers' Workshop.

Table of Contents

Mincing Wordsp. 3
From Bears to Bowdlerismp. 29
Speaking of Sexp. 55
Anatomy Classp. 78
Secretions and Excretionsp. 102
Under the Weather and In the Groundp. 124
Comestiblesp. 148
Show Me the Liquidityp. 165
Words of Warp. 193
Brave New Wordsp. 210
Why We Euphemizep. 229
Acknowledgmentsp. 249
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 269
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