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Examples of Euphemism


Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-11 10:48:35
A euphemism is a substitution for an expression that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver, using instead an agreeable or less offensive expression, or to make it less troublesome for the speaker.

Some examples of euphemisms:

What it Says > What it Means

Adult entertainment > Pornography
Ample proportions > Obese or fat
Armed intervention > War
Batting for the other side > Homosexual
Between jobs > Unemployed
Bun in the oven > Pregnant
Categorical inaccuracy > Lie
Character line > Wrinkle
Collateral damage > Civilian casualties
Comfort women > Prostitute
Correctional facility > Prison
Direct mail > Junk mail
Disinformation > Lie
Do your business > Defecate
Expecting > Pregnant
Freedom fighters > Rebels
Full bodied > Obese
Furlough employees > Fire employees
House of ill repute > Brothel
Imbibe > Drink
Indisposed > Sick
Inventory leakage > Theft
Knocked up > Pregnant
Lose your lunch > Vomit
Neutralize > To kill
Powder your nose > Visit the bathroom
Preowned > Used or second hand
Remains > Dead body
Revenue enhancement > Taxes
Shooting blanks > Low semen count
Surreptitious entry > Breaking in
Call of nature > The urge to urinate or defecate

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