Dec 062010
 


Euphemania: Our Love Affair With Euphemisms by Ralph Keyes
Published by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN 978-0-316-05656-4
At the request of The Hachette Book Group, a TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis (from back of book): An entertaining look at euphemisms-where they come from, why we need them, and what they tell us about who we are.
  How did “die” become kick the bucket, “underwear” become unmentionables, and “having an affair” become hiking the Appalachian Trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy and taboos and to make nice, euphemisms have become embedded in the fabric of our language. Euphemania traces the evolution of euphemisms from tools of the church to expressions of gentility to today’s instrument of commercial, political, and postmodern doublespeak. As much social commentary as a book for word lovers, Euphemania is a lively and thought-provoking look at the power of words and our power over them.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: Just in time for the holidays. This book is informative, filled with trivia and a fun read. I found it to be quite interesting as to where and how certain terms came in to being such as “a loose cannon” (pg 193), “bookworm”(pg 228) “under the weather”(pg 124) and so many more. This book is perfect for those that enjoy trivia, history of the English language and the origin of certain phrases. I will never look at a chocolate chip cookie the same way again (page 111). Just in time for the holidays, this book should be on one’s Christmas list, for yourself or someone you know.

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THANKS TO BRIANNE AND THE TERRIFIC
PEOPLE AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
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  3 Responses to “Book Review and Giveaway”

  1. This looks like a terrific book – & one that my son & I would love!!

  2. This sounds like a fun book!

  3. So when does a euphemism become an idiom?
    This sounds like a fun book. I teach my students about idioms, but never really thought about euphemisms probably being the origin of many of the idioms. Thanks for the giveaway!

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