Evrybody uses a euphemism in some form. Have you ever thought why there are so many and why we use them?
Euphemisms – What Are They? Why Do We Use Them?
Writing an article yesterday I noticed that I seemed to be using quite a few euphemisms. For those unfamiliar with the word it simply means a word or phrase used to describe something – usually something we are embarrassed to talk about or something that may be a touchy subject.
Euphemisms tend to be used when talking about sex, certain body parts and bodily functions. They are also used a great deal to discuss death. In fact it can be said that euphemisms are used to discuss private matters.
It is quite be uncomfortable when people talk openly about certain things, the embarrassment and discomfort are eased by the use of euphemisms and it can be fun to work out what they mean.
I will list a few below
Euphemisms for sex
Making the beast with two backs
The special cuddle
Dance belly to belly
Euphemisms for male genitals
Stephen and the twins
Deep-veined purple-helmeted Spartan of love
Euphemisms for female genitalia
The front garden
Fanny – Yes American readers, we in the UK use this word to mean vagina
Euphemisms for death
Crosses for eye
At room temperature
Picking turnips with a step ladder
Took a harp
The long nap
Euphemisms for toilet business
Check the horses
Impersonate Churchill – if you don’t get that one, ask in the comment box
Dropping the kids off at the pool
Water the porcelain
Shake hands with the big fella
Once you have read this, have a think to see how often you use a euphemism in your everyday life – you will be surprised.
Feel free to share you own – there are thousands, I was keeping it relatively clean.