Re: euphemisms-HELP me please!!!
Current occupation: Business Writer
Higher education(Yes/No): ? Higher than what? I have an MBA
Read the following words and expressions and answer the questions below.
- -pre-owned (cars) - Have heard it. Think it's silly. I use "used." Advertisers use it
- -body odour -This isn't a euphamism. Heard it, use it - have not heard advertisers use it
- -uncomfortably slow digestion - Haven't heard it, don't use it, haven't heard advertiseres use it
- -fine dryness lines - Haven't heard it, don't use it, haven't heard advertiseres use it
- -full-figured - Heard it, use it, advertisers use it
- -to pass away Heard it, use it, not much advertising about death
- -period/time of the month Heard it, use it, advertisers use "period" -- "time of the month" sound like something of my mother's generation.
- -sanitation engineer - Heard it, think it's silly, don't use it, haven't seen advertisers talk about jantiros
- -handicapped - Heard it, use it, along with "disabled" - can't remember about advertisers
- -between jobs - Heard it, use it only with a wink (no shame in this economy in saying "laid off"), have not heard advertisers targeting this subject
- -to be expecting (a baby) - Heard it, have used it, more likely to say "pregnant", advertisers seem to use "pregnancy"
- -visually challenged - Haven't heard it, don't use it, haven't heard advertiseres use it
- -bathroom(/bath) tissue - Have heard it, I use "toilet paper," advertisers use it and toilet paper
- -mature (referring to age) - Of course I've heard it, but do you mean as a euphamism for "middled aged" or "elderly"? Don't use it. These days you see "M for mature" on violent video games, which is not what I think of for "middle aged or elderly."
- -motion discomfort bag/air-sickness bag - Heard both, would only use the latter. Have never seen an advertiser targeting this problem. "Barf bag" is the most common term.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.