[Ads-l] cuss word euphemisms

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 4 14:52:56 UTC 2016

The Oreo commercial is what inspired Arnold to write the post I linked to


On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM, Beth Young <zbyoung at gmail.com> wrote:

> An Oreo commercial from 2011 used a bunch of these, from "Shut the front
> door!" to the less likely "Mah Jong" and "Franklin Delano!"
> https://youtu.be/wtcXaiJF7ts
> On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 1:48 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
> > << 'Shut the front door!' <-- "Shut the f--- up". >>
> > WB:  Now that I've had time to mull this new lexical addition to my
> > cultural learning experience in American linguistic diversity, I
> personally
> > associate <STFD> with "Shut the fucking door! Were you born in a barn?"
> > More in tune with my years roughing it in the Army years ago. "But that's
> > just me!", as Colonel Doolittle said in "Pearl Harbor". (Then my addled
> > brain wanders to "Open the door, Richard!", but that's another garden
> path
> > to the past.) Mumble ... mumble ...

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