[Ads-l] cuss word euphemisms

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 1 16:19:05 EST 2016


In that post, Zwicky mentions that “get out” is "not always understood by others in the way intended.”

FWIW “Shut up” is similar. There’s an episode of _Friends_ titled "The One With Rachel’s Big Kiss” in which Winona Ryder’s character Melissa uses “shut up” to mean “wow” but Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel doesn’t care for it and perhaps doesn’t understand it at first. I don’t know that this expression is still in use.

http://www.echostar.pl/~tomszw/friends/skrypty/07/720a.html <http://www.echostar.pl/~tomszw/friends/skrypty/07/720a.html>

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 1 Dec 2016, at 13:11, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 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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