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Euphorbia! ħumanUser talk:Human 16:28, 8 November 2008 (EST)

Hey, why did you delete my, er, "version" instead of simply overwriting it? Meanie... ħumanUser talk:Human 19:59, 8 November 2008 (EST)

Create more negativephisms!

Err ... no ...[edit]

Excised as myth: (In fact, some Victorians were so uptight that they would dress their legged furniture -- pianos, lowboys, etc. -- with lace pant legs so that there wouldn't be even the slightest hint of impropriety in their households.)

The piano leg story seems to have originated in Captain Frederick Marryat's 1839 book, Diary in America, as a satirical comment on American prissiness. WP 09:28, 3 July 2010 (UTC) SusanG Toast
But note: Americans eschew "titbit" in favour of "tidbit" - weirdos. 09:30, 3 July 2010 (UTC) SusanG Toast


I think this should be removed. The two meanings of pinhead (a person with microcephaly, or a person who is perceived to have a small brain) are both fairly literal, neither is really a euphemism, & they're almost certainly unrelated to each other. WëäŝëïöïďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 10:50, 3 July 2010 (UTC)


A lot of the new content added by the BON has nothing or virtually nothing to do with euphemisms, so I've cut most of it. A euphemism is a word or phrase used in place of another word or phrase for reasons of tact, not a way of way of writing a story or shooting a movie so that things are implied which aren't seen on the screen. & Not the use of gender-articles in European languages . WëäŝëïöïďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 11:15, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

Antonym of euphemism[edit]

Is there one - and are there any examples? (talk) 16:41, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Dysphemism -- a derogatory word to describe someone that one despises for political reasons. Rush Limbaugh gave us the infamous "feminazi" for "feminist". "Baby-killer" is a favorite for use against abortion providers. Pbrower2a (talk) 20:52, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Idiot imbecile etc[edit]

This sentence: "Historically, the first three referred to people with IQ's in the range of 0-20, 20-49, 50-69 respectively" strikes me as wrong. I don't study etymology, myself, but the Wikipedia article on "idiot" claims that the word "idiot" can be traced back to Middle English. I think that, at the very least, the "historically" in this sentence is inaccurate without a more thorough examination of the word's etymology. I would change it to say, "In psychology, the first..." but, as I said, etymology is not really my thing, and I wasn't sure if there might be some kind of objection to the change.Dowdicus (talk) 14:23, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Ooh, upon further reading, it would seem my objection to the mischaracterization of the word's history would invalidate much of the gripe about political correctness which follows. Perhaps some intrepid anti-pc editor can find another example of the euphemism treadmill that isn't based on bad etymology? -Dowdicus (talk) 14:29, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Some euphemisms[edit]

... are partially 'creative linguistics and humour', journalese, 'jargon used as barriers' etc.

Where would 'Ugandan negotiations' fit in - as some might consider it 'slightly un-PC.' (talk) 11:19, 27 April 2017 (UTC)


How should the statements along the lines of 'This text/program contains words and usages which were acceptable at the time but are no longer considered so' be classified? Anna Livia (talk) 13:58, 25 January 2021 (UTC)