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Renee Roncace

on 12 April 2011

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Transcript of Euphemism

Euphemism 1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague
expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh,
or blunt.
“To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.” Is "nunnery" a euphemism for a brothel in Hamlet?
In Shakespearean England a nunnery in fact had two different meanings; the one we usually associate with a nunnery, a convent, and the other definition a brothel ( a house of prostitution). This scene can be taken in two different ways, that he is calling her a whore indirectly and using the word nunnery to be less harsh and blunt, which would be concidered Euphemism. Or that Hamlet is stating that Ophelia should go to a nunnery (convent) so she will not breed sinners. Either way it is insulting. Euphemism occurs in Shakespeare's Hamlet, when Hamlet is speaking to Ophelia. Hamlet:
I did love you once.

Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.

You should not have believ'd me, for virtue cannot so
inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I lov'd you not.

I was the more deceiv'd.

Get thee to a nunn'ry, why woulds't thou be a breeder of
sinners? What it Says -What it Means
Adult entertainment -Pornography
Armed intervention-War
Between jobs-Unemployed
Bun in the oven- Pregnant
Character line-Wrinkle
Comfort women-Prostitute
Correctional facility-Prison
Direct mail-Junk mail
Expecting- Pregnant
Freedom fighters-Rebels
Full bodied-Obese
House of ill repute-Brothel
Inventory leakage-Theft
Knocked up-Pregnant
Lose your lunch- Vomit
Remains -Dead body
Shooting blanks- Low semen count
Call of nature-The urge to urinate or defecate
Richard Narine and Ravi
Vaidya are freedom fighters Richard Narine said the "bagel tasted unusual" Rebels Awful
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