Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms Ralph Keyes

ISBN: 9780316056564

Published: December 14th 2010

Hardcover

278 pages


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Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms  by  Ralph Keyes

Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms by Ralph Keyes
December 14th 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 278 pages | ISBN: 9780316056564 | 4.31 Mb

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 ourMoreHow 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 todays 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.



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