A Dictionary of Euphemisms R.W. Holder
Investigating the human tendency to prefer mild, vague or roundabout expressions rather than use words which are blunt, precise, and disagreeably true, this book unmasks the language of prudery, evasion, and deceit, while showing how not to say what you really mean. Why else do people say bijou, 'house of ill repute, and corporate entertainment, when what they really mean is inconveniently small, brothel, and bribery? A survey of our linguistic idiosyncracies, the dictionary includes thousands of definitions, quotations, derivations, and historical explanations and a thematic index for quick and easy reference.