英语电子书|How Not to Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms

How Not to Say What You Mean- A Dictionary of Euphemisms

英语电子书|How Not to Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms

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书籍英文名:How Not to Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms 

书籍作者:R. W. Holder

书籍简介:We often use euphemisms when dealing with taboo or sensitive subjects. We speak of “full-figured” women. We “fudge” on our income tax. We get “cold feet” before our wedding. In How Not to Say What You Mean, R.W. Holder offers an engaging volume that celebrates this human tendency to use mild, vague, or roundabout expressions rather than those which are blunt, precise, and true. 

Arranged in alphabetical order, this dictionary contains thousands of entertaining and informative entries ranging from such circumlocutions as a “fruit salad” (mixture of illegal narcotics), “arm candy” (a good-looking female companion), a “barrel-house” (a brothel), “birthday suit” (nakedness), and a “blue hair” (an old woman). Completely updated, the dictionary provides definitions, examples, as well as historical explanations where appropriate.

Fun, fascinating, lively, and at times shocking, this new edition of How Not to Say What You Mean is a browser’s delight and will appeal to all language and word play lovers, and anyone looking for a good laugh.

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