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Description - Euphemania by Ralph Keyes

How did die become kick the bucket, underwear become unmentionables, and having an affair become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have become embedded in the fabric of our language. EUPHEMANIA traces the origins of euphemisms from a tool of the church to a form of gentility to today's instrument of commercial, political, and postmodern doublespeak. As much social commentary as a book for word lovers, EUPHEMANIA is a lively and thought-provoking look at the power of words and our power over them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780316056564
ISBN-10: 0316056561
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 278
Imprint: Little Brown and Company
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ralph Keyes

Ralph Keyes is the author of 15 books, including The Courage to Write and "I Love It When You Talk Retro." He has written for "Esquire," "Glamour," "Cosmopolitan," "GQ," "Newsweek," and "Harper's." Keyes lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he writes, lectures, and is a Trustee of the Antioch Writers' Workshop.

Books By Ralph Keyes

Unmentionables by Ralph Keyes
Paperback, June 2011
I Love It When You Talk Retro by Ralph Keyes
Paperback, February 2010
Writer's Book of Hope by Ralph Keyes
Paperback, October 2003
Innovation Paradox by Ralph Keyes
Paperback, July 2003