Euphemism

Jonas Thrasher-Evers and Peyton Mizell

Definition of Euphemism

A euphemism is a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

Simple/ Common Examples

1. passed away (euphemism for died)

2. correctional facility (euphemism for prison)

3. let go (euphemism for fired)

4. adult beverage (euphemism for alcohol)

5. big-boned (euphemism for fat)

6. sanitation engineer (euphemism garbage man)

TIPS & TRICKS

Eugene Euphemism

Eugene is a very bland man who never speaks his mind. Rather than being upfront with people, he tends to be economical with the truth. He is currently in between jobs because of his poor social skills and lack of blunt honesty. Physically, he is vertically challenged and big-boned. Some would say that he is rather aesthetically displeasing. However, he has high hopes in becoming a future sanitation engineer.