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A Dictionary of Euphemisms By R.W. Holder

A Dictionary of Euphemisms
by R.W. Holder

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This is a general study of the language of evasion, hypocrisy, prudery and deceit.
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A Dictionary of Euphemisms by R.W. Holder

The result of a lifetime's reading and fascination with the art of not saying what you mean, this dictionary offers a dissection of the human tendency to use mild, vague or roundabout expressions rather than words which are blunt, precise, and disagreeably true. Its thousands of hugely entertaining entries range from the long-established, such as everlasting life and the Grim Reaper (death), powder room , and house of ill repute , to recent coinages including odorously challenged (smelly), corporate entertainment (bribery), AMW - actress, model, whatever (prostitute), and educational welfare manager (truancy officer). Providing widespread coverage of both British and American euphemisms, the Dictionary gives definitions, examples from real authors, and historical explanations. It is a browser's delight and an essential reference book. This book is intended for general trade; humour/language interest.

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About R.W. Holder

About the Author:
R. W. Holder is the director of numerous companies, speaks several languages, and travels widely.

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A Dictionary of Euphemisms by R.W. Holder
R.W. Holder
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