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Have you noticed how our society is just a little heavy on euphemisms? They are all around.

One that bothers me is the phrase "put down" which is a candy coated way of saying they killed the animal.

Any that you can think of?
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"Collateral Damage" for killing civilians.
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Downsizing...sacking a load of staff

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Taking it under advisement (we're going to sit on this one)

Internal investigation (see above)

A recent poll (we just finished tweaking the numbers to promote our position)

Wardrobe malfunction (halftime peep show)

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I never liked the euphemism "Ethnic Cleansing"
Thanks! Scott B.

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Euphemisms are the curse of the non-cursing class.

Don't confuse euphemisms with government speak. The Nixon administration introduced such interesting pieces of gov speak as "That information is inoperative." which meant "I lied."

They also introduced "at that point in time," which meant "then" and "at this point in time," which meant "now."
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Hey, I think I can find a few uses for that Nixon one!!
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DoubleSpeak. 1984!

"wet work" CIA slang for assassinations.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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I thought it was slang for a teenage boy going out for a night on the town.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphemism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_euphemisms

I liked the reference to The Fresh Prince of Belair. Will Smith is one CRAZY CAT.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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On 2005-05-22 19:25, Patrick Differ wrote:
DoubleSpeak. 1984!

"wet work" CIA slang for assassinations.




The Soviets used the Russian equivalent of the same term. Makes the cold war sound like a large game of water polo.

Euphemisms have a long history. The Elizabethans referred to a brothel as a "nunnery."

And the Irish call flipping someone off, "bidding a soldier's farewell."
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On 2005-05-22 16:19, Bill Palmer wrote:
Euphemisms are the curse of the non-cursing class.

That's too narrow a view. A euphamism is a mild substitute for any language considered too strong for polite company; e.g., "remains" instead of "corpse".
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As well as "limb" instead of "leg."

It's amazing that many of these made their appearance during Victorian times, when British society was so repressed, yet underneath, so randy.
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I can remember a time in Central America when regardless of the number of bullet holes in the body, the death certificate read "Died of measles".

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On 2005-05-25 01:12, Bob Sanders wrote:

I can remember a time in Central America when regardless of the number of bullet holes in the body, the death certificate read "Died of measles".

Bob



Pre-printed, eh??
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A poem that has been passed down through three generations in my family.
I recommend reading it out loud to someone. The rhythm of it is part of the joke.

There once was a woman from Boston, Mass
Who stood in the ocean, up to her ankles...

That doesn't rhyme does it?

(wait for someone to respond "no")

...It will when the tide comes in!

I know this isn't a euphemism, but it popped into my head as somehow fitting with this thread.
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Not that this contributes too much to the thread but the master of ripping these disgraceful word developments to shreds has to be the one and only George Carlin. Love his work.
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Like his funny coments about "kit and kaboodle?" or "Jumbo shrimp" or "semi boneless ham?" I believe the album was "Toledo Window Box"

I have the "hair Poem" memorized , BTW. Have had for years. Great stuff! Of yeah, "stuff" another Carlin word that he takes off on.

The funniest thing I ever saw him do was on a television show where they introduced him, and he came out on stage and just stood there and stared at the audience and didn't say a word. A small titter of laughter arose from the audience, and he just kept staring. Then the little giggle grew until the whole audience was consumed with it and were laughing hysterically. Finally after several minutes of it, he just said "Thankyou" and walked off. It was the most amazing thing I ever saw. He never spoke a word. It takes a lot of understanding of laughter and what makes people laugh to pull off something like that. My hats off to him.
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He did that on the Gong Show.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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I was only introduced to Carlin about 2 years ago and have been in love with the things he says or does! Great character. Even the movies he did were cool with special notice to Bill and Ted and he was pretty good in Jersey Girl. South Africans don't really follow Carlin that much but I now have almost everything he has done in some form whether it is video or recordings and I listen to it all the time.
Don't have the Gong show but That will be on my next shopping list.
Thanks for the info.
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