Sunday, 16 May 2010

Lecture Extra:Euphemisms

As noted in class this week, A euphemism is "a substitution with an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver,[1] or to make it less troublesome for the speaker, as in the case of doublespeak" [Wikipedia]. For example in the case of death and illness one might speak of:
passing away: "Her uncle passed away last year." or
fight a long battle with: "He fought a long battle with cancer."

To learn more about euphemisms check out the links below.


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