Words and phrases like 'collateral damage', 'wardrobe malfunction', 'vertically challenged', and old favourites like 'unmentionables' (trousers, apparently) or 'lady of the night' - all are ways of not using particular words. UNMENTIONABLES is a rollicking exploration of the history of euphemistic usage, looking at how taboos connected to sex, death, religion, war, politics, business and matters of status have produced an extraordinary linguistic creativity, and how euphemistic speech has changed over the centuries. We say a lot about ourselves by what we don't say. Why have just one word for something when you can have ten other words instead? It looks at how euphemisms are born, and how they die (or 'experience a negative outcome') and it explores why it is that we create euphemisms, and the different purposes - from the benign to the sinister - that they serve. (Is 'euphemism' a euphemism for lying? ) Lively, entertaining, and crammed with fascinating nuggets of information, UNMENTIONABLES is a celebration of the richness of language.
Unmentionables: From Family Jewels to Friendly Fire - What We Say Instead of What We Mean
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Summary on the subject: Gender Issues and Hopewell...
Ge der Issues a d Hopewell Cul ureI ge eral, whe co sideri g hird world cou ries, mos would say ha hey have some very similar charac eris ics. hird world cou ries are of e hough of as places ha are impoverished, have sig ifica ly high bir hra es, are eco omically depe de o adva ced cou ries, a d have o evolved socially i regards o equal righ s issues. Al hough ma y of hese charac eris ics do apply o Sri La ka, he la er has defi i ely evoked some discussio o he opic of ge der issues i u derdeveloped cou ries. Issues such as decisio maki g i he household, educa ed wome a d heir role i socie y, a d a i udes owards wome i employme will be discussed. As s a ed earlier, mos would agree ha from a dis a perspec ive Sri La ka would seem o be socially u derdeveloped i regards o equal righ s. O e way ha his misco cep io is debu ked is by looki g a he roles of male a d female i he household. here are ma y variables o ake i o co sidera io whe looki g a roles of family members a d who has he bala ce of power; for i s a ce, if he wife is worki g or o could be co sidered a bo h e ds of he scale.