Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Euphemania: Our Love Affair With Euphemisms by Ralf Keyes Review and Giveaway (Giveaway Closed)

About Euphemania:
How did "die" become kick the bucket, "underwear" become unmentionables,
and "having an affair" become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally
used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have
become embedded in the fabric of our language. EUPHEMANIA traces the
origins of euphemisms from a tool of the church to a form of gentility
to today's instrument of commercial, political, and postmodern
doublespeak.

As much social commentary as a book for word lovers, EUPHEMANIA is a lively and thought-provoking look at the power
of words and our power over them.

About the Author:



Ralph Keyes is the author of fifteen books, including Chancing It, The Courage to Write, and Is There Life After High School? He has been featured on Oprah, the Today show, and other programs, and has written for numerous publications, including GQ and Good Housekeeping. A trustee of the Antioch Writers' Workshop, he lives in Yellow Springs Ohio.



  I have to say Euphemania was very funny! I loved every bit of it. 
What is a Euphemism?
The act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive.
Can you please give us an example?!
From the book:
"This may pinch a little"
This is my favorite and least liked widely spread Euphemism. Ralph Keyes then goes on to explain how doctors often say pinch when it really doesn't even pinch at all! I absolutely loathe it when they say pinch; not only because they are outright lying...but the fact is : EVERYONE knows that they are lying.

Euphemia is very well written and is definitely entertaining. Ralph tells us why we use euphemisms and gives us some wonderful examples that we see practically everyday! While I was reading this I had to chuckle thinking:" I didn't even think of it that way!" I will surely be reading this book many more times because lets just say....I'm now having  a Love Affair With Euphemisms. I'm just full of jokes, and that is what a book like this does to me...it makes me feel good!
Highly-Very highly Recommended!

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  75. As an avid reader AND writer I adore WORDS and am especially fond of EUPHEMISMS! I would enjoy reading this delightful book and sharing it with my fellow lovers of language and words!

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