A Dictionary of Euphemisms

A Dictionary of Euphemisms

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Investigating the human tendency to prefer mild, vague or roundabout expressions rather than use words which are blunt, precise, and disagreeably true, this book unmasks the language of prudery, evasion, and deceit, while showing how not to say what you really mean. Why else do people say "bijou", 'house of ill repute", and "corporate entertainment", when what they really mean is "inconveniently small", "brothel", and "bribery"? A survey of our linguistic idiosyncracies, the dictionary includes thousands of definitions, quotations, derivations, and historical explanations and a thematic index for quick and easy reference.show more

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  • Paperback | 490 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition of Revised edition
  • 0192800515
  • 9780192800510

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"A hugely enjoyable and cherishable collection."--Times Educational Supplement (London)show more

About R.W. Holder

About the Author: R.W. Holder is the director of numerous companies, speaks several languages, and travels widely.show more

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