R. W. Holder, "How Not To Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms (3rd Edition)"
Oxford University Press | 3rd Edition | 2002 | ISBN: 0198604025 | 521 pages | siPDF | 13.3 MB
From its first appearance in 1987 as A Dictionary of American and British Euphemisms
, Bob Holder's work has been the standard reference book tor those studying the language of evasion and understatement. This new edition, renamed How Not To Say What You Mean
, has been completely rewritten. It retains old favourites while adding over a thousand new entries, which reflect modern euphemistic terms on such issues as marriage, race, homosexuality, drug-taking, and security of employment. The quotations which accompany entries are both illustrative and interesting in their own right. Where appropriate, the etymology of a term is explained, giving a philological insight into this universally used, but little studied, branch of our language.