168: Reverse Euphemisms

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Reverse Euphemisms
I'm still waiting for a chance to use 'I have to see a man about a horse'.
Title text: I'm still waiting for a chance to use 'I have to see a man about a horse'.


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Euphemisms are figures of speech often used in place of more offensive terms. In this comic, Cueball uses gratuitous swearing as an "euphemism" for a benign term, inverting the typical usage of euphemisms to lessen shock by inserting offensive language into what would normally be a benign statement.


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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It should probably be noted that 'dysphemism' is a real word. Though it usually applies to using derogatory terms as opposed to politically correct ones. 20:03, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

I bet people who make Swiss cheese enjoy saying 'this year's batch of cannabis was below par'. BlueRoll18 (talk) 01:52, 16 June 2013 (UTC)
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