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Dictionary of Euphemisms (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – 25 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 4 edition (25 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199235171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199235179
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A hugely enjoyable and cherishable collection."--Times Educational Supplement (London) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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R. W. Holder is a business executive and life-long lover of words. The director of numerous companies, he speaks several languages, and travels widely. He is also the author of Thinking About Management.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ems72 on 7 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have long been fascinated with the origins of phrases and different usage of our rich language. In this book I anticipated an informative but amusing tour of some of the unexplained oddities of usage as well as a few more useful expressions for use before ones maiden aunt. However in reality there is little humour, many of the entries appear incomplete and the use of profanities seems to be more intended to shock than illuminate, especially as most have a correct term associated with them which is not a euphemism but proper english.
I found the tone at best pedantic and at worst patronising. This book will go straight to the 2nd hand book shelf in our local charity store - 2 weeks after purchase.
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By djwmps on 21 July 2014
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By Chris Bingham on 20 May 2015
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Say What You Mean--Or Use A Euphemism 9 Aug. 2000
By "goldcoastreviews" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Author, R. W. Holder holds fast to two tests of a euphemism: 1) It must be a substitute for blunt precision or disagreeable truth 2) That a euphemism once meant, or still does mean, something else entirely different. In short, a way to be politically correct. A softer, kinder, way of speech so to speak.
In this work of almost 500 pages, we learn the art of not saying what we mean. Some are almost common language now. Such as "bowel movement", "working girl", "Native American" and "downsizing". Newer ones include, "white knuckler" and "vertically challenged" ( a nice way to say your boss is short)
I enjoy the way this is cross indexed and arranged. I did notice that a great percentage of the material is British. I wonder if that means the Brits are very good at "mums the word"? Seriously, I downrated the review a bit due to that fact.
Filled with thousands of of quotations, definitions, derivations, and historical explanations, this dictionary is extremely comprehensive for perusing.
A good editon for reference collections.
-CDS-
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book is what it says it is 14 Dec. 2008
By Norman Strojny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a good addition to other references for the English language. However, it is, primarily, British in tone and in the material included. Also, some American non-sexual but illicit meanings seem to have entirely escaped the authors. Finally, there is a slight tendency toward prissiness in definitions in some areas where an American might give an even blunter definition.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An adventure in the English language 13 April 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cool means: low temperature. Or does it mean that's fine? Or suave? Or relaxed? "Oxford Dictionary of Euphemisms: How Not To Say What You Mean" is an adventure in the English language outlining the countless words in the English language that have so many meanings thanks to changing times and slang, that it's hard for even a native speaker to stay on top of the changes. "Oxford Dictionary of Euphemisms" is a must for anyone who speaks English or is trying to learn when everyone else is barely speaking it to begin with.
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Does not include the origins of the sayings 12 Dec. 2012
By Taylor Brickley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I mostly wanted this book because I am interested in the origins of euphemisms. Some of them include this information, but most do not.
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A scolarly book. 29 Mar. 2014
By tom - Published on Amazon.com
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A bit dull and not at all what I expected. But is proabaly a good companion to Rawlson's book of Euphamisms.
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