Euphemism and Dysphemism
(2,177 words)

Abstract

Euphemism is a lexical phenomenon whereby certain words become subject to linguistic interdiction and are replaced, due to apotropaic fear of the taboo items to which they refer or to embarassment when dealing with unpleasant topics; such verbal dissimulation makes use of various formal and semantic devices. Euphemisms may be divided into three groups on the basis of their sub…

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Tiziana Pellucchi, “Euphemism and Dysphemism”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 27 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000127>
First published online: 2013



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