Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms


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His response is difficult to top when discussing the pitfalls of euphemism. As lovers of language know, the byways of English—its patterns and its idiosyncrasies—reveal a great deal about its users.

Finding Comfort in Euphemisms When Words Make Us Feel Uneasy

Euphemisms are perhaps the most revealing byway of all. Most of our readers will understand the underlying meaning of the term. But do those readers require an escape from ugly reality? And do other readers end up confused by the euphemism? Euphemisms, on the other hand, may be fun, but are not always fun and games. But in public discourse especially, its evolution has been in a blandly euphemistic direction. John Pollack. Gloria Steinem.