Kind words : a thesaurus of euphemisms / Judith S. Neaman and Carole G. Silver.

By: Neaman, Judith SContributor(s): Silver, Carole GMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Facts on File, c1990Edition: Expanded & rev. edDescription: xii, 373 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0816018960 :; 9780816018963Subject(s): English language -- Euphemism -- DictionariesDDC classification: 423/.1 LOC classification: PE1449 | .N34 1990Other classification: 18.04
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PE1408 .R6386 1996 Writing essentials / PE1408 .S772 1979 The elements of style / PE1408 .W773 1994 Writing from A to Z : PE1449 .N34 1990 Kind words : PE1449 .R34 1981 A dictionary of euphemisms & other doubletalk : PE1449 .S45 1984 1,000 most important words / PE1449 .S453 1983 1,000 most practical words /

Includes bibliographical references (p. 361-371) and index.

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First published in 1983, Kind Words offers a selection of euphemisms intended to be both "edifying and amusing" (preface). Drawn for the most part from American and British English, the roughly 5,000 entries are topically arranged and emphasize the human body and its functions, sexual and criminal activity, and political and military affairs. This expanded edition adds two sections: on health (e.g., pink puffer is someone with emphysema) and the workplace (human resources expert is a personnel manager). Otherwise, the new edition is much the same as the original. Many obvious omissions are apparent, such as "revenue enhancements" as a sugarcoated synonym for taxes; also, some entries, particularly acronyms like AIDS, CPR, and DINKIES, are not true euphemisms. Although the dictionary provides brief etymological and historical notes when possible, it is more a work for the browser than the scholar. Libraries that own the 1983 edition of Kind Words or Hugh Rawson's Dictionary of Euphemisms & Other Doubletalk (CH, May'82) definitely do not need this book; those who have neither might find it marginally useful in the reference collection. -K. F. Kister, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies

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