Euphemania: Our Love Affair With Euphemisms

Hardcover | December 14, 2010

byRalph Keyes

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How did die become kick the bucket, underwear become unmentionables, and having an affair become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have become embedded in the fabric of our language. EUPHEMANIA traces the origins of euphemisms from a tool of the church to a form of gentility to today's instrument of commercial, political, and postmodern doublespeak.

As much social commentary as a book for word lovers, EUPHEMANIA is a lively and thought-provoking look at the power of words and our power over them.

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How did die become kick the bucket, underwear become unmentionables, and having an affair become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have become embedded in the fabric of our language. EUPHEMANIA traces the origins of euphemisms from a tool of the church to a form of...

Ralph Keyes is the author of 15 books, includingThe Courage to WriteandI Love It When You Talk Retro.He has written forEsquire,Glamour,Cosmopolitan,GQ,Newsweek, andHarper's. Keyes lives inYellow Springs,Ohio,where he writes, lectures, and is a Trustee of the Antioch Writers' Workshop.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 14, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316056561

ISBN - 13:9780316056564

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"The title of this smart new book, Euphemania, is no euphemism. Author Ralph Keyes is right: We are crazy about euphemisms. For good reasons and bad, euphemisms help us speak the unspeakable, describe what cannot, in decent society (if only we lived in one!), be described. Those are not rings of fat around my waist; that's my spare tire. Or, should you want to know me better, just grab my love handles. Hang on tight and we'll ride through the wise and witty work of a writer who handles his love for the language on every page."-Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools and The Glamour of Grammar