How not to say what you mean : a dictionary of euphemisms /

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Author / Creator:Holder, R. W.
Edition:4th ed.
Imprint:Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Description:xvi, 410 p. ; 21 cm.
Subject:English language -- Euphemism -- Dictionaries.
English language -- Synonyms and antonyms.
English language -- Euphemism.
English language -- Synonyms and antonyms.
Format: Print Book
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Varying Form of Title:Dictionary of euphemisms
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [xi]-xvi).
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Part of everyday language, euphemisms are easily picked up and circulated in conversation with little thought as to how they originated or what they actually mean. Originally published as A Dictionary of American and British Euphemisms (1987), How Not to Say What You Mean is a revision of Holder's A Dictionary of Euphemisms (3rd ed., CH, Nov'96). With a clever new title and over 1,000 new entries that reflect current topics like abortion, drug taking, and sexual variety, this edition contains new American euphemisms like "prairie dogging" (standing up to look over the partition of a workstation). Descriptive quotations accompany the terms, providing an admittedly subjective etymology. Holder's euphemisms are derived mainly from association, literature, and foreign languages. Regional terms are labeled (e.g., "American," "British"). Terms are categorized in the thematic index, which contains such intriguing headings as "Farting," "Mistresses and Lovers," "Urination," "Vulgarisms," and "Warfare." A witty and inexpensive reference work that will delight wordsmiths everywhere, this is an excellent addition, and necessary update, for any reference collection. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; undergraduates. S. Markgren Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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