Letting someone go instead of firing someone, Taking an early retirement instead of got fired, Embarking on a journey of self-discovery instead of jobless, There are some women out there who will never let a man know they experience any type of bodily function. It is also called re-categorizing. This places euphemisms in the distinguished league of literary devices. We consume adult beverages which are booze drinks, beer and wine and hard stuff. You also understand it isn’t “just” waterboarding? Correctional facility instead of jail 4. 20. It's such a delicate - and final - state that many of us like to dance around the truth. Unemployment? Bear welcome in your eye. When we cannot change something that we consider obnoxious or bad or distasteful, we change its name. Many of us say someone "passed away" instead of "died." Nice post, made me laugh. Being banally pragmatic as evil people do, I see. What a great disappointment! 1. I was in an interview for a job, long ago, and the manager had his radio on. I work with shelter animals, so the euphemism I encounter regularly is “put to sleep,” sometimes abbreviated as “PTS.” It’s often necessary, but boy, that’s a long sleep. Maybe dying stupidly is your ambition. You do not live in a slum but in substandard housing, or in an economically depressed neighborhood, or culturally deprived environment. He isn’t going to give you that option when he saws your head off with a cheap knife or locks you in a cage and immolates you. The next time you or someone you're speaking with says something that has a different meaning than the literal words, consider whether the statement is a euphemism for some other less polite, less pleasing word or phrase. Economical instead of cheap 7. Basically, he's saying "when the present's no longer," alluding to his death. He stopped the interview for a moment, got on his radio and he said, “We have an opportunity for environmental improvement, back here.” I was astounded! Idioms are words or phrases that aren't meant to be taken literally, like having "cold feet" instead of being nervous about something. I hate the term “challenge’ instead of problem.many politicians use this term when faced with a big problem. That new car smell. Euphemism is another word for political correctness. A bit worse for wear – Drink. I was at an interview, years ago, when someone dropped something outside the door where I was talking with the manager. Perhaps you're thinking about idioms. In New York, a secret band of vampire warriors, or brothers, "fight the good fight" to maintain their species. Seriously? One of the many joys of writing is the ability to paint colorful pictures with our words. Omg – so now we have a euphemism for being politically correct. Murder is surely a surreptitious topic, so Shakespeare makes use of a euphemism here. Two pshychologists were payed to reverse-engineer military (torture) SERE tactics and use those revelations to mentally and physically turn people into broken, helpless shells. I have seen it misused numerous times. Mature means old? Yay! It's hard to say if people really avoid "sex talk" these days. Differently-abled instead of handicapped or disabled, One sandwich short of a picnic instead of not smart, Not the sharpest pencil in the box instead of not smart, His elevator doesn't reach the top floor instead of not smart, Chronologically-challenged instead of late, Economical with the truth instead of liar. But really, it’s cheesy vinyl. .Why do you not want to share “how” you arrived at your conclusions? I looked at him and thought, “Did he just say what I think he said?” REALLY??? Instead of "softening the blow" that comes with the death of a loved one, it rubbed Allen the wrong way. Or perhaps that is what a euphemism is – we just now have a euphemism for it. Being from an earlier generation, it is annoying to go to a dictionary and not find a word that should be there. In one excerpt, another character named Mycroft is insinuating that Hades is insane. If you are a bank, bad, crappy debts are non- or under-performing assets. Thank you! I’m wondering whether Jesus used any euphemisms. They might also use personification to give an inanimate object lifelike qualities and paint a colorful picture. ), I have always been intrigued by euphemisms. When you’re called postmenopausal, or mature, or senior – that means you’re old. Here’s the one that really hurts. #IWasJustFollowingOrders, Pingback: More Doublespeak and Euphemisms | ReginaJeffers's Blog, Pingback: 7 Ways to Stoke Innovative Thinking | Maryland Meetings at Kent Manor Inn, Life Insurance = Death Insurance or death benefit Heaven forbid! These are just some of the many euphemisms that you may encounter. hahahaha Raja Koduri who worked at AMD was recently sent on a sabbatical aka he got fired. Sweep and clear = Search and destroy. Pingback: Stop Pulling Your Hair Out – Steps to Easy E-formatting | Lynn Schneider Books, Pingback: Euphemism, Anyone? Actually, she didn't 'pass away.' If you are a politician in Arizona, people who run across the border are illegal aliens, unless they are employing these same people to tend to their children or flower gardens, then they are known as undocumented workers. Abu Ghraib wasn’t an isolated incident, by the way- it was part of what “we” did, and just the tip of the iceberg. 5. Ha! The ultimate of euphemism. Incidentally, do you remember later news about forced feedings (same tube) and “rectal feeding” (euphemism alert)? In this novel, the main character, Hades, travels back in time to find Jane Eyre. "If, when hearing that I have been stilled at last, they stand at the door,Watching the full-starred heavens that winter sees,Will this thought rise on those who will meet my face no more,"He was one who had an eye for such mysteries"? It's a direct blow to the ego, so many people like to approach this subject with a gentle touch, too. (See Patriot Acts and Military Commissions Act. It is also done to US troops to train them. We’ll likely never know everything that truly happened because even all the Abu Ghraib photos haven’t been released, and “Bloody” Gina Haspel, the new head of the CIA, directly defied orders and destroyed evidence of the torture deemed too “damaging” (for her, fellow torturers, and the government), while the only one to serve time for torture was a whistle-blower CIA agent– for whistleblowing (that’s what we do to truly honorable people). I’ve also heard that the animal “went to live with Francis.” St. Francis, that is. Here are some delicate ways to discuss death and dying. Accidents? Change ). See “uptitle” above. ( Log Out / I was offered a “lateral promotion.” (In other words, “he is making us alot of money but get this guy out of my division.”). And hearing a voice, “That’s ok Govind, that’s adult beverage” instead of “That’s bad shit for you Govind!”. I know I would have appreciated it and recognized his cleverness. Therefore a sentence would go like, “she wore a torn “unmentionable.”. Needless to say, when I got sicker, they embraced that change and “let me go”. Whatever happened to, “We need to get someone back here to sweep this up.”? You’d think if it was going to work…. Well endowed = A woman with large breasts or a man with a large penis. Cleaning the pipes instead of masturbation, Jerk the gherkin instead of instead of masturbation. In this excerpt, Lady Macbeth is speaking. ), By the way, did you know the military ended the practice of waterboarding its own in 2007 because it was deemed too brutal? These idiomatic, indirect expressions replace harsh, impolite, taboo, or unpleasant terms with more delicate phrases. Look like th' innocent flower, But be the serpent under 't. Look like the time. Misspoke = lied. Which I don’t…, There. A euphemism that pervades media and language is “to sleep with” to replace “intercourse” or “sexual activity.” “Sleeping with” someone is a term that is more accepted than the latter. Torture. As you read, see how many literary devices you can spot!
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