[Ads-l] cuss word euphemisms

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 1 16:11:58 EST 2016


For more on "shut the front door," see Arnold's 2011 post and the comments
thereon:

https://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/07/22/exclaiming-euphemistically/


On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 2:29 PM, Tim Stewart <timoteostewart1977 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Christian stand-up comedian Tim Hawkins has a bit where he runs through a
> few dozen of these types of phrases, including "shut the front door."
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEssh7zRNOk
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx-9jfqXMbc
>
> My fave of this type of euphemism, not mentioned by Hawkins, is "see you
> next Tuesday" for "cunt."
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 1:20 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM
> AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
>
> > A story on NPR yesterday talked about how single mom college students
> > would moderate their language around kids, using a couple of euphemisms
> > that were new to me.
> >
> > " "I still sometimes have my mommy voice on," she says. "I don't even
> > swear anymore. I'll say like, 'Sugar honey ice tea!' or, like, 'Shut the
> > front door!' " "
> >
> >
> > That last one is presumably for "Shut the f--- up".
> >
> > http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/18/502003007/when-
> > the-students-on-campus-have-kids-of-their-own
> >
>

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