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Author Holder, R. W.

Title How not to say what you mean : a dictionary of euphemisms / R.W. Holder.

Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Parsons Non-Fiction  423 H727    ---  Available
Edition 3rd ed.
Description xx, 501 p. ; 21 cm.
Note Rev. ed. of: A dictionary of euphemisms. 1995.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [x]-xx) and index.
Summary 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. Here, author Holder celebrates this human tendency to use mild, vague, or roundabout expressions rather than those which are blunt, precise, and true. The dictionary provides definitions, examples, as well as historical explanations where appropriate.--From publisher description.
Subject English language -- Euphemism -- Dictionaries.
English language -- Synonyms and antonyms.
English language -- Terms and phrases.
Anglais (Langue) -- Euphemismes -- Dictionnaires.
Anglais (Langue) -- Synonymes et antonymes.
Anglais (Langue) -- Mots et locutions.
Anglais (Langue) -- Vocabulaire.
Added Author Holder, R. W. Dictionary of euphemisms.
ISBN 0198604025

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