Talk:Euphemism

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Missing type of euphemism: Named Example[edit]

Another type of euphemism that seems to be missing from this article is one where the name of a person who is well-known (even notorious) for some characteristic is used as a euphemism for that. For example, people used to refer to someone as 'an Oscar Wilde' to tag them as gay. (In ancient Greece, Aristophanes similarly had a character say "There is an Agathon".) In the 1960's, the comment 'he might as well do the full Christine Jorgenson' referred to transitioning gender. I remember it being common to refer to someone beginning to drink too much by using the name of the 'town drunk': he's turning into another Otis Campbell.

A related case is where someone's name is used in a derogatory way, to associate them with that characteristic. An example might be Gore Vidal's novel Myron where he used the names of Supreme Court Justices (who had just issues a restrictive pornography ruling) as substitutes for dirty words.

Is this a type of euphemism that should be added to the article? T bonham (talk) 01:47, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

What about "refugee" for economic migrant?[edit]

Since most of the "Syrian" "refugees" coming to Europe are neither Syrian nor refugees, would this be a worthwhile addition?

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/refugee-crisis-economic-migrants-and-refugees-are-coming-to-europe-for-the-same-reasons-report-says-a6779616.html

Cameron Nedland (talk) 17:30, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for asking. The cite does not use the word euphamism. And since a migrating refugee can be economic -- or political fleeing repression, or a war refugee fleeing death, or what have you, I don't think refugee qualifies as a euphamism for migrant. It might be a mischaracterization, but not a euphamism.ElijahBosley (talk ☞) 16:51, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

It is a good example. Technically, that is in law, they are illegal aliens, see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_(law)

Zezen (talk) 01:01, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

Blessing God[edit]

How about a euphamism type of ssying the opposite of what you mean, such as the Biblical "Blessing God" which actually means cursing Him? 37.26.146.215 (talk) 16:52, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Cursing and blessing are actually closely related. See the relevamr wiki entries: sacrum etc.

Zezen (talk) 00:56, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

New example[edit]

department of structured operations = departmrnt to bribe high-level politicians

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47969732 Zezen (talk) 00:58, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

Needs section on apotropaic euphemisms as a subset of usage[edit]

Where a revered or frightful thing must be discussed, but is referred to by euphemisms to avoid invoking its presence or angering its spirit--such as the many euphemisms for "bear" in Northern Europe, or the euphemistic names known for certain Greek pantheon entities (e.g. "the kindly ones" for spirits of vengeance). --Pitke (talk) 23:10, 9 September 2020 (UTC)