168: Reverse Euphemisms
Title text: I'm still waiting for a chance to use 'I have to see a man about a horse'.
Euphemisms are figures of speech used in place of more offensive terms. In this comic, Cueball uses swear words in the place of benign terms, inverting the typical usage of euphemisms. To "drop the kids off at the pool" is a euphemism meaning to "go take a shit." In this case, however, Cueball actually has to drop kids off at the pool but instead uses "go take a shit." Cueball is using the euphemism in reverse, hence the title. A reverse euphemism is actually called a dysphemism in linguistics, although this comic is actually a terrible example of this.
In the title text, the figure is waiting for a situation in which he has to see a man concerning a horse, as this relates to another euphemism meaning to urinate. It can be assumed that, when telling someone about seeing the man about the horse, he would say "...then I had to go take a piss."
What this comic describes is not really a reverse euphemism or dysphemism. Euphemisms are used to make a statement less offensive or disturbing without actually changing the underlying meaning, such as by using "pass away" instead of "die." A better example of a dysphemism would by "I have to drop off my dumbshit kids at the fucking pool".
- My Hobby: Reverse Euphemisms
- [Two people talking.]
- Cueball: Oh, hey, school just let out and it's YMCA night, so I've gotta go take a shit.
- Friend: What?
- Cueball: I mean I actually have to drop the kids off at the pool.
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