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    euphemism

    where can i find an exapmle of a euphemism

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    Re: euphemism

    Quote Originally Posted by amazingme1818
    where can i find an exapmle of a euphemism
    A euphemism is a word or phrase that replaces language that might be viewed as so harsh or so real as to be potentially offensive with softer, less-direct language.

    A veterinarian talks of "putting Blackie to sleep" rather than "killing Blackie". One might say Susan is "in the family way" to avoid saying Susan is pregnant. Although it depends on how broadly one views euphemisms, one encounters euphemisms every day.

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    Please point out my mistakes!
    Euphemism

    Kick the bucket, pass away=die
    Powder room, rest room=toilet
    I’m afraid I can help you=I can’t help your for whatever the reasons are!
    Mensuel cycle = period
    To sleep with someone = to have sex with someone
    Call girls = prostitutes
    Not-so-beautiful, nice, cute = ugly
    Senior citizens = old people

    What is the antonym of euphemism?
    Malphemism????
    Coffin nail=cigarette

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    Please point out my mistakes!
    Euphemism

    Kick the bucket, pass away=die
    Powder room, rest room=toilet
    Iím afraid I can help you=I canít help your for whatever the reasons are!
    Mensuel cycle = period
    To sleep with someone = to have sex with someone
    Call girls = prostitutes
    Not-so-beautiful, nice, cute = ugly
    Senior citizens = old people

    What is the antonym of euphemism?
    Malphemism????
    Coffin nail=cigarette
    I wouldn't call all of these euphemisms. The list is a mixture of slang, idioms, and euphemisms. Remember that a euphemism is s softer language substitute.

    There is some overlap, but I would divide them this way:

    Kick the bucket, pass away=die (slang, euphemism)
    Powder room, rest room=toilet (that depends on English variety; in American English the "toilet" is a plumbing fixyure, not a room)
    Iím afraid I can [sic] help you=I canít help your for whatever the reasons are! (normal English)
    Mensuel cycle = period (euphemism)
    To sleep with someone = to have sex with someone (euphemism)
    Call girls = prostitutes (possibly euphemism)
    Not-so-beautiful, nice, cute = ugly (normal English)
    Senior citizens = old people (euphemism)

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    You might say that not very smart is a euphemism for stupid.

    :)

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    euphemism
    From the Greek "euphemos," meaning "auspicious, sounding good." The first part of that root is the Greek prefix "eu-," meaning "good." The second part is "pheme," a Greek word for "speech" that is itself a derivative of the verb "phanai," meaning "to speak.
    (From Arcamax)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    euphemism
    From the Greek "euphemos," meaning "auspicious, sounding good." The first part of that root is the Greek prefix "eu-," meaning "good." The second part is "pheme," a Greek word for "speech" that is itself a derivative of the verb "phanai," meaning "to speak.
    (From Arcamax)
    Great addition. Other "eu" words:

    eubacterium - a nonharmful bacterium
    eugenic - good genes
    euharmonic - good harmony
    eumycete - good fungus
    eunomia - under good laws
    euonym - a good name for something
    eurhythmic - having good rhythm
    eutaxy - good order or management
    euthanasia - good/easy death
    euthyroid - having normal thyroid function

    Not: eunuch; that comes from Greek eune for bed. :wink:

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    eulogy = good word

    (Those are some good ones, Mike.)

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    eulogy = good word

    (Those are some good ones, Mike.)

    :)
    Eulogy is excellent.

    Also euphoria -- good feeling

    :)

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