Examples of Euphemism Essay

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Examples of Euphemism
A euphemism is a polite expression used in place of words or phrases that otherwise might be considered harsh or unpleasant to hear. Euphemisms are used regularly, and there are many examples in every day language.
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Types of Euphemisms
To Soften an Expression
Some euphemisms are used in order to make a blunt or unpleasant truth seem less harsh.
Examples of euphemisms that fall into this category include: * Passed away instead of died * Correctional facility instead of jail * Departed instead of died * Differently-abled instead of handicapped or disabled * Fell off the back of a
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But I'm afraid you're both being let go.
Lou: Let go? What does that mean?
Dan Foreman: It means you're being fired, Louie.
(In Good Company, 2004)

* Mr. Prince: We'll see you when you get back from image enhancement camp.
Martin Prince: Spare me your euphemisms! It's fat camp, for Daddy's chubby little secret!
("Kamp Krusty," The Simpsons, 1992)

* Paul Kersey: You've got a prime figure. You really have, you know.
Joanna Kersey: That's a euphemism for fat.
(Death Wish, 1974)

* "The 'reconstruction' of New Orleans has become a euphemism for the destruction of the city's cultural and historic heritage."
(Ghali Hassan, 2006)

* Dr. House: I'm busy.
Thirteen: We need you to . . .
Dr. House: Actually, as you can see, I'm not busy. It's just a euphemism for "get the hell out of here."
("Dying Changes Everything," House, M.D.)

* Dr. House: Who were you going to kill in Bolivia? My old housekeeper?
Dr. Terzi: We don't kill

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