Euphemisms are phrases used to express ideas that might other wise be unpleasant to hear. example of euphemism is “passed away” or “kicked the bucket” and “pushing up the daisies” are all euphemisms that mean to die. Whereas “passed away” is used to show sensitivity and respect, the other 2 euphemisms are used in informal situations, sometimes with the intent of amusing people. Pay attention to the different connotations in the following sentences:
Example of Euphemism :
Sometimes euphemisms are unsuccessful attempts to cover up the truth. Consider the irony embedded deep within the following sentences:
Needless to say, animals usually don’t wake up after being “put to sleep”, but this example of euphemism makes killing sound much more pleasant, even humane. In addition, someone that is “between jobs” is actually unemployed; but this example of euphemism makes being out of work sound like a paid vacation.
A toilet room is called a “rest-room”, even though we don’t really rest there and a strip club is sometimes called a “gentlemen’s club”, even though the men that go there aren’t necessarily considered by most people to be gentlemen. “Making love” on the other hand is a euphemism used to add an emotional aspect to the otherwise physical act of having sex. ·
So enjoy the many ways of expressing yourself in English, using the umpteen phrases, idioms and euphemisms this language has to offer, but don’t mince your words; say what you mean!
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