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English euphemism : expressions to refer to sensitive topics
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So here is the thread, reposted after editing it to fit the technical requirements of the forum -to support the LTR requirement.
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Some subjects are considered personal, sensitive or taboo in English. For this reason, people avoid mentioning them by name and instead use a "euphemism" or humorous expression to refer to them. Here are some common euphemisms in English.

To refer to death

pass away: "Her uncle passed away last year."

fight a long battle with: "He fought a long battle with cancer."

Humorous expressions to refer to death

meet your maker: "He's gone to meet his maker."

six feet under: "I won't worry about money When I'm six feet under."

pushing up daisies: "Last I heard about him, he's pushing up daisies."

in your / his / my box: "When I'm in my box you can argue all you like about the inheritance."

snuff it: "I've heard that poor old Ernie has snuffed it."

popped his clogs: "Harold popped his clogs last year."

kick the bucket: "So Joe has finally kicked the bucket."

Animal euthanasia

put down: "We had to put our cat down as she was very ill."

put an end to its suffering: "We put an end to her suffering."

To refer to the bathroom

restroom: "Can I use the restroom?"
Where can I wash my hands?

public conveniences: "Are there any public conveniences nearby?"

ladies / gents: "The ladies and gents are down the corridor on your right."
Can I use your bathroom?

Humorous expressions to refer to the bathroom

the bog: "He's in the bog."

the smallest room of the house: "I'd like to pay a visit to the smallest room of the house."

powder my nose: "Where can I powder my nose?"

see a man about a dog: "He's gone to see a man about a dog."

Other themes
Unemployment


between jobs: "Steve is between jobs at the moment."

a resting actor: "Harry's a resting actor." (Only use for unemployed actors.)

Pregnancy


in the family way: "She was in the family way, so they got married."

have a bun in the oven: "Have you heard that Katy has a bun in the oven?"


Lying
economical with the truth: "The boss is known for being economical with the truth."

Arguments


full and frank discussion: "The directors had a full and frank discussion in the meeting."
have words with someone: "Those two have had words."

Being poor


be disadvantaged: "The government is introducing new schemes to help the disadvantaged."

financially embarrassed: "I'm afraid I can't come to the restaurant with you. I'm financially embarrassed at the moment."

http://www.english-at-home.com/voca...ish-euphemisms/



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