Archive for August 3, 1997

E: Circumlocutions

"Circumlocution" derives from Latin roots meaning "around" and "talk." "Euphemism" is from the Greek "euphemia," meaning "use of good words." Apparently we spend so much time trying to say unpleasant or socially unacceptable things pleasantly that we need two words to talk about the process. Everyone is familiar with certain euphemisms used to swear in […]