[Ads-l] cuss word euphemisms

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 2 14:21:05 EST 2016


Barry Popik points out that he has pages on "shut the front door" and
"sugar honey iced tea" on his site:

http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/shut_the_front_door/
http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/sugar_honey_iced_tea_shit_backronym


On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:11 PM, 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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