- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Collins (9 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007214545
- ISBN-13: 978-0007214549
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Man About A Dog: Euphemisms and Other Examples of Verbal Squeamishness Paperback – 9 Sep 2011
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Here are 2467 examples of verbal perfume. Nigel Rees, one of Britain's best-known commentators on popular language, has ranged far and wide to collect and comment on this huge selection of euphemisms - those expressions which so inventively display the art of mincing words and white resolutely avoid calling a spade a spade.
From the politically correct to the highly incorrect, A Man About a Dog goes in ruthless pursuit of the coy, the prudish, the obfuscatory and blatant reshaping of the truth. So, whether you wish to 'discuss Ugandan affairs' with someone, or have issues with your 'ambient replenishment assistant' when you go shopping or need to work on your 'terminological inexactitude' when you ring in sick to work, this wonderful book with guide, illuminate and entertain along the way.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Nigel Rees is a leading authority on the use of well-known phrases and sayings. As a broadcaster, he is best-known as the deviser and presenter of BBC Radio's Quote…Unquote.
As an author, he has written many books devoted to quotations and aspects of the popular use of the English language, always emphasizing the humour in his subject.
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Also the fact new euphamisms are coming out regularly which means this is kind of out of date. Its a nice snapshot of time though.
It's my "time of the month" serves as a euphemism for a woman's menstrual period although, when referred to by a third party, may well be expressed as "not at her best". Although females have breasts, these are frequently described as "melons", "jugs" or "natural attributes", while older men suffering from a decline in testosterone apparently now have "moobs" (man boobs).
Words for sexual intercourse and visiting the lavatory attract many variations. Jasper Carrott listed some of the former in his television comedy show, while the latter was brilliantly set out in a sketch by the late Ronnie Barker. "Adult" and "frank" are used to describe explicit sexual activity and language while "going to bed" with someone is a more polite reference to having sexual intercourse than some other terms used in the book. Thankfully, such terms still haven't completely replaced the traditional "As the Bishop said to the actress" references to illicit sex.
On a personal level I find TV introductions warning that "this programme contains strong language" to be a cop out and would prefer "there's a lot of swearing, cursing and other bad language in the next programme because the writer lacks the skill to write better plays".Read more ›