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Euphemisms, What are They? Why Do We Use Them?

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

Rumpy Pumpy

Making the beast with two backs

The special cuddle

Dance belly to belly

Play doctor

Euphemisms for male genitals

Stephen and the twins

Pocket rocket

Trouser snake

Old soldier

Deep-veined purple-helmeted Spartan of love

Euphemisms for female genitalia

The front garden

Honey Jar

Fanny – Yes American readers, we in the UK use this word to mean vagina

Front bottom


Euphemisms for death

Toes up

Crosses for eye

At room temperature

Done dancing

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.


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  1. Erin Miller

    On April 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha. Wow that was hilarious. Okay I am going to feel really stupid here but um I don’t get the churchill one.

  2. hammadkhan

    On April 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    good work

  3. anndavey650

    On April 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I’m just going to see a man about a dog….

  4. Thespeakman

    On April 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Erin Winston Churchill – Bald head and cigar – think about it

  5. Sheila Barnhill

    On April 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm


  6. galore

    On April 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    very funny,LOL, nice share, Thanks


    On April 2, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Hilarious thanks

  8. LadyElena

    On April 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Interesting and funny. So, i guess when a child says:… I am going to do a number 2…. (in the loo) its a euphemism. :)

  9. seiva7

    On April 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    very informative for everyone I am sure…

  10. LeighAnne93

    On April 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I’d never heard stephen and the twins! But i do use euphamisms a lot i guess, interesting article.

  11. betpool

    On April 6, 2011 at 10:59 am

    A nice little education there on some of them!

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