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What is a euphemism?

A presentation that teaches about euphemisms.

Nicholas Kuehl

on 29 September 2012

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Euphemisms By Nicholas Kuehl
Period 1, Ms. Yoder What is a euphemism? A euphemism is an appropriate phrase that is used in place of something inappropriate to describe the same thing. What are some examples of euphemisms? "He is in a better place now" is a euphemism for "He died". "I need to go take care of some business" is a euphemism for "I need to go to the bathroom". "She is expecting" is a euphemism for "She is pregnant". Why do people use euphemisms? Are these euphemisms? He has a full figure. Yes, this is a euphemism for saying that someone is overweight. They are stupid. No, this isn't a euphemism. You are quite unique. Yes, this is a euphemism for saying that someone is weird, odd or different. In literature, writers use euphemisms to make their stories seem more appropriate or to make the reader guess what the writer is talking about. Euphemisms are also used by writers when talking about potentially offensive subjects so that their readers aren't offended. In conversation, euphemisms are used in order to talk about inappropriate subjects or potentially embarrassing subjects. Some people feel that it is only proper to use euphemisms instead of being inappropriate. Works Cited Gravestone:
Pregnant Woman: http://afuturefortomorrow.blogspot.com/2009_07_01_archive.html
Hands over mouth: http://jerseymomsblog.com/2011/04/oh-heck-what-ive-learned-about-cursing/ In "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, General Zaroff tells Rainsford, "Why should I not be serious? I am speaking of hunting." (70). This is a euphemism because "hunting" actually means murdering men. This adds suspense to the story because the readers aren't sure what Zaroff's intentions are or what he is talking about.
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