A Dictionary of Euphemisms & Other Doubletalk

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His father is vice chairman in command of business family for the Bethlehem metal company" (New York occasions, 6/11/78). See additionally TECHNICIAN. drunk. under the influence of alcohol, INTOXICATED. The long-winded "inebriated," with a FOP Index of two. eight, is whatever of a caste mark: quite often, gents are acknowledged to be drunk (or of their cups or below the elements or feeling no ache, and so on. ) whereas the reduce periods are "blotto," "stinko," "stewed," or "falling down inebriated. " the fundamental precept was once expressed as early as 1839 in an essay by means of Henry Rogers: "To be 'drunk' is vulgar, but when a guy be easily 'intoxicated' or 'inebriated', it really is relatively venial.

The breasts. ". . . she used to be so offended at her swinging breasts that she desired to cry, irrespective of how great he was once he could not fail to spot her 'chest'" (John O'Hara, Appointment in Samarra, 1934). folks with huge chests are forty nine chevon occasionally acknowledged to be chesty or, extra officially, to have amply (or u? e!! -) endowed chests. See additionally BOSOM and ENDOW/ENDOWMENT. chevon. Goat meat,- the U. S. division of Agriculture has allowed meatpackers to exploit the French label for the reason that 1971. The precedent of the legit sanction is ominous.

P. T. Barnum (1810-1891) is related to have made room for brand spanking new clients in his American Museum via posting an indication, "This solution to the egress," thereby protecting the hoi polloi relocating alongside until eventually, without notice, they discovered themselves at the outdoors. within the parlance of the time, they'd been "humbugged. " One don't have anticipated "egress" to have outlived this utilization, yet as lately as 1976 the signal, "Not an authorized Egress," was once noticed over the entrance within the Ritz-Carlton resort in Boston. makes an attempt were made to split the meanings of "egress" and "exit," yet they aren't completely convincing.

Floridian is now euphemistically and compulsively alliterative. therefore a storage is a 'Collision Clinic,' a furnishings shop a 'Gallery' promoting no longer tables and chairs yet 'Concepts' (though with no explaining how one sits on a concept)" (New York assessment of Books, 5/16/74). In protection of Floridian, it's going to be famous that as in the past as 1937 a motor vehicle sanatorium was once sighted in Wrexham, North Wales (H. L. Mencken, the yankee Language, complement One, 1945). other forms of "clinics" comprise vehicle health facility, baseball sanatorium, coaches health facility, decorator hospital, soccer hospital, domestic home improvement medical institution, criminal health facility, marriage medical institution, tax medical institution, lecturers health center, and writers health facility.

The proslavery celebration agreed . . . to alter the identify of the get together from pro-slavery to the legislation and order occasion" (Lawrence [KS] Republican, 8/6/1857). In our personal century, lawand-order indicators sprouted at the ground of the 1920 Republican nationwide conference in the course of an illustration for Calvin Coolidge, whose in simple terms declare to popularity was once his assertion through the Boston police strike in 1919: "There isn't any correct to strike opposed to the general public security by way of anyone, at any place, every time. " such a lot lately, within the tumultuous Nineteen Sixties, "law and order" was once repopularized by means of conservatives at the nationwide and native degrees, often whilst attacking civil rights and antiwar demonstrators, leader Justice Earl Warren and the ideally suited courtroom, and "crime within the streets.

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