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    euphemism

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please explain if "the East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" is a euphemism?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang

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    Re: euphemism

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Could you please explain if "the East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" is a euphemism?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Is there CONTEXT?

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    Re: euphemism

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Could you please explain if "the East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" is a euphemism?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Do you mean this?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_East_Asia_Co-Prosperity_Sphere

    Why do you think it might be a euphemism?

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    Hi freezeframe,

    I was reading an article discussing euphemism. It cited many examples and one of them is "the East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere". According to the author's explanation Japan used it to cover its intension to occupy China. But I don't think this is a euphemism. That's why I asked the question.
    Could you please explain to me if it is a euphemism?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Is there CONTEXT?

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    Re: euphemism

    Dear Raymott,

    I was reading an article discussing euphemism. It cited many examples and one of them is "the East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere". According to the author's explanation Japan used it to cover its intension to occupy China. But I don't think this is a euphemism. That's why I asked the question.
    Could you please explain to me if it is a euphemism?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Do you mean this?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_East_Asia_Co-Prosperity_Sphere

    Why do you think it might be a euphemism?

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    Re: euphemism

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Hi freezeframe,

    I was reading an article discussing euphemism. It cited many examples and one of them is "the East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere". According to the author's explanation Japan used it to cover its intension to occupy China. But I don't think this is a euphemism. That's why I asked the question.
    Could you please explain to me if it is a euphemism?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    A euphemism is something that one uses to cover up the real thing, which is unpleasant or controversial. So, yes it can be a euphemism according to some perspectives/points of view. In this case, it's a political view.

    Depending on one's perspective, many things can be seen as euphemisms but they're not considered to be such by the society as a whole. This most often comes out in political discussions.

    I hope this is clear enough.

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    Re: euphemism

    Dear freezeframe,

    The author also writes "the root pheme means 'speech' or 'saying' ". But I can't find it in my dictionaries.

    Could you please kindly explain if there is such a root in English?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    A euphemism is something that one uses to cover up the real thing, which is unpleasant or controversial. So, yes it can be a euphemism according to some perspectives/points of view. In this case, it's a political view.

    Depending on one's perspective, many things can be seen as euphemisms but they're not considered to be such by the society as a whole. This most often comes out in political discussions.

    I hope this is clear enough.

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    If you look in a dictionary, some will tell you the origin of the word.

    Euphemism | Define Euphemism at Dictionary.com

    Origin:
    1650–60; < Greek euphēmismós the use of words of good omen, equivalent to eu- eu- + phḗm ( ē ) speaking, fame + -ismos -ism

    There is no such root in English. This word is Greek.

    Generally speaking, there are very few roots and affixes in English that are worth learning, unlike in some other languages. So unless you're specifically interested in etymology, I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Hi freeframe,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. I understand it now.
    I think the website broke down the other day because I could not reply.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    If you look in a dictionary, some will tell you the origin of the word.

    Euphemism | Define Euphemism at Dictionary.com




    There is no such root in English. This word is Greek.

    Generally speaking, there are very few roots and affixes in English that are worth learning, unlike in some other languages. So unless you're specifically interested in etymology, I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Re: euphemism

    Hi Jiang

    Yes, I had a similar problem on the site and had to contact Red5 through an external route. He has confirmed that the problem has been fixed.

    Best regards
    R21

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