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Word of the Day – 4/11/11

Posted by ccasc on April 10, 2011

Academic Skills Center

Word of the Day:

Euphemism
[yoo-fuh-miz-uhm] (n.) the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.

*From eu-, meaning “good” and pheme, meaning “speaking.”

“Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.”

~Quentin Crisp

 

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