December 17, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms by Ralph Keyes

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.

I had so much fun reading this book!  EUPHEMANIA is unbelievably witty and entertaining.  I never really gave much thought about where euphemisms came from and why they started.  Ever since I finished reading this book, I've noticed how much I use them and it's astounding!  When you're in the mood to learn something interesting, I recommend this book.  It would make a great gift!

Little, Brown & Company
December 14, 2010
279 pages
$24.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received this item for free.

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