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- DescriptionWe say a lot about ourselves by what we don't say. Words and phrases like 'collateral damage', 'wardrobe malfunction', 'vertically challenged', and old favourites like 'unmentionables' (trousers, apparently) or 'lady of the night' - all are ways of t using particular words. UNMENTIONABLES is a rollicking exploration of the history of euphemistic usage, looking at how taboos connected to sex, death, religion, war, politics, business and matters of status have produced an extraordinary linguistic creativity, and how euphemistic speech has changed over the centuries. It looks at how euphemisms are born, and how they die (or 'experience a negative outcome') and it explores why it is that we create euphemisms, and the different purposes - from the benign to the sinister - that they serve. (Is 'euphemism' a euphemism for lying?) Lively, entertaining, and crammed with fascinating nuggets of information, UNMENTIONABLES is a celebration of the richness of language. Why have just one word for something when you can have ten other words instead?
- Author BiographyRalph Keyes is the author of fifteen books. IS THERE LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? was made into a Broadway musical that has been produced around the world. CHANCING IT was a New York Times 'Notable Nook'. Keyes has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, The Tonight Show, and is a frequent guest on NPR radio shows.
- Author(s)Ralph Keyes
- PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division
- Date of Publication23/06/2011
- SubjectHumour: Collections & General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintJohn Murray Publishers Ltd
- Weight224 g
- Width130 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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