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How Not to Say What You Mean

A Dictionary of Euphemisms



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How Not to Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms by R.W. Holder
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This brand new edition celebrating 20 years of R. W. Holder's popular and successful dictionary of euphemisms is packed full of traditional favourites, such as 'Dutch uncle' or 'push up the daisies', as well as euphemisms from the contemporary world such as 'restructuring' and 'extrajudicial killing'. Definitions include examples from real authors, along with entertaining explanations of their origins. To prove that the use of euphemisms is not just a British speciality, there is widespread coverage of American euphemisms, too: for example, 'English' (pertaining to sexual deviance) and 'watermelon' (an indication of pregnancy). The A-Z organization of the text is complemented by a thematic index with short introductory articles on fruitful areas of euphemistic language such as business, sex, death, and the human body. How Not To Say What You Mean remains the most lively and authoritative guide to the language of evasion, hyprocrisy, prudery, and deceit.

Table of Contents

Explanation; Bibliography; Thematic index; A-Z text

Author Biography

R. W. Holder is a business executive and life-long lover of words. The director of numerous companies, he speaks several languages, and travels widely. He is also the author of Thinking About Management.
Release date NZ
September 13th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
4th Revised edition
Oxford University Press
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