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Euphemism

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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.
Example:
“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.

Ophelia:
Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.

Hamlet:
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.

Ophelia:
I was the more deceiv'd.

Hamlet:
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
Disinformation-Lie
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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