Euphemania

Our Love Affair with Euphemisms
Product Number: EB00276805
Released: Apr 10, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780316172943
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Description

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.

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Author(s): Ralph Keyes
Original Publish Date: Dec 14, 2010

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