A Man About a Dog : Euphemisms & Other Examples of Verbal Squeamishness (Paperback)

Author: Rees, Nigel

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Quentin Crisp once quipped that "euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne." This leading commentator on the English language has ranged far and wide to collect and comment upon 2,467 examples of euphemistic phrases--those expressions that so inventively display the art of mincing words. From the politically correct to the highly incorrect, this book goes in ruthless pursuit of the coy, the prudish, the squeamish, the obfuscatory, and the blatant reshaping of the truth. So whether you "have to see a man about a dog" or just need to "powder your nose," this entertaining reference will show you how not to say what you mean.

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Publisher HarperCollins UK
Mfg Part# 9780007240975
SKU 204196510
Format Paperback
ISBN10 000724097X
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0400
Publisher HarperCollins UK
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