the new "euphemism"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Dec 22 03:49:10 UTC 2013

At 12/21/2013 09:07 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>On Dec 21, 2013, at 7:21 PM, George Thompson wrote:
> > From the NYTimes of a day or so ago, from an article on a exhibit of work
> > by Jason Rhoades.
> >
> > "And each installation has something to say about the stereotypical,
> > sex-obsessed, heterosexual American male; one piece is littered with
> > printouts of Internet pornography, another covered with neon signs that
> > list euphemisms or [sic] the vagina."
> >
> > In that the NYTimes -- pure in word, thought and deed, as always --
> > couldn't bring itself to print any of these euphemisms, I surmise that they
> > are really synonyms -- obscene synonyms, but still.
> >
> > I suppose that this is a sign that now "euphemism" is a synonym for
> > "synonym".
> > So what's a synonym for "euphemism", for the use of those of us who prefer
> > to be understood as saying what we intended to be understood as saying?
> >
> > GAT
> > in dismay.
> >
> > If this be prescriptivism, make the most of it.
>Or a typo for "neon signs that list euphemisms for the vagina", not
>"...or the vagina".
>We'll have to go the gallery to know for sure.

Isn't part of GAT's point that it is not "euphemisms for vagina" on
the neon signs, but words for which (one might say) "vagina" is the
euphemism?  (The other part being that "euphemism" is misused.)

And that, to my mind at least, neatly ties this message chain to the
one on "substitute for".


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