Euphemism and Dysphemism

Euphemism and Dysphemism : Language Used as Shield and Weapon

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We all use euphemisms every day - `nice' expressions that shield us from the offensive or frightening things they describe. Euphemisms have existed throughout recorded history; they are used even by preliterate peoples and have probably been around since recognizably human languages first developed. The same is true of offensive language, or 'dysphemisms' - words used as weapons against others, or release valves for anger and frustration. In this entertaining study, Keith Allan and Kate Burridge embark on a linguistic and social-psychological exploration of this intriguing universal human practice.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 275 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • tables
  • 0195066227
  • 9780195066227

About Keith Allan

About the Authors: Keith Allan is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. Kate Burridge is Lecturer in Linguistics at La Trobe University, Australia.show more

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