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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

E for Euphemisms.

A Euphemism is the substitution of a mild, indirect or vague term for one to be considered harsh, blunt or offensive.

 This is sometimes called double speak.

More Euphemisms. 
 You aren't poor you are economically disadvantaged. 
You aren't broke you have temporary negative cash flow problems. 
Just as you sit down to dinner, drat! the blessed phone goes, it's a call from a poltical party wanting to know which way you're going to vote.
 This is known as a courtesy call, only courtesy has little to do with it .....it's just 'Effing' annoying. (apologies for the Ef )but it does begin with 'E'.
If you say you were 'Economical with truth', well that means you've just told a whopper!

 Remember Pinocchio ?
He was a little boy puppet who turned into a real boy. However he was told by the Blue Fairy that he was to be truthful, polite and honest at all time....so she cast a spell upon him, so if at any time he told a lie his nose would grow.....
 Needless to say, he did get himself into spots of bother and subsequently his nose did grow, as you can see by the illustration, rather large.
If only the Blue Fairy could cast the same spell on all polticians, now that would be fun !

Cartoon by courtesy of The US News.
Note to my American friends: Pay special attention to Trump's nose over the coming weeks, the Blue Fairy is hovering.
I'm quite Exhausted now so I will sign out now, looking forward to reading some Excellent memes when good old linky kicks in later
Bye for now,
Di,
ABCW team.




33 comments:

  1. EXCELLENT use of the letter E.
    It was hard to decide to Enter and not Exit this round.
    I'm glad I'm here for 1 more round.

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    1. Hi there Photo WB,
      I am so glad you Entered and not exited,
      I always enjoy reading your meme,
      so stay for round 21..please xx
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  2. You have me chuckling, Di! What a timely post and I excuse your use of the EF word! LOL

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Glad I made you laugh dear friend, we all need to have a good laugh at times. I'm not an habitual user of bad language but some times the one 'eff' does have an effect, of course if used in the right time.
      I once worked for the most impossible boss, in the stocktaking fraternity...he just pushed me to the edge and instead of saying I despised his behaviour and particularly to the younger office juniors...A hideous white rage came over me ... I cleared my desk, put all my papers etc in my briefcase... and by now I was incandescent with rage and just shouted at him 'F' you and 'F' your job...I stormed out of the building..... The little office manager came scurrying after me and begged me to come back, he said not to do this because I could be sacked.... I did go back and into the Ladies washroom, apparently, I washed my hands about five times...then walked back into a very busy but quiet office..said boss strolled up to my desk and said'You know Di, you shouldn't things so personally......Grrr but that is another story i should write about...oh the joys of writing on ABCW..xxx
      love Di.
      ABCW team xxx

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  3. Lovely choice for E and you are right, there are lots of them

    Even 'bad' language can be hilarious at some times in certain circumstances


    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-20e/
    (want to take a preview at the new url starting round 21 ? http://abcwednesday.wordpress.com)

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    1. Hi Melody,
      Of course, without sounding hypocritical I can't bear to hear a certain kind of young woman going out on the town, drinking to excess and cursing like a rough man !
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  4. Great E - euphemisms are very popular, but someties plain talk reaches the heart of a matter better...

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    1. I totally agree with you Hildred....
      The Euphemism 'She Calls a spade a spade' meaning Plain talking or saying honestly how it is..
      My brother once said of me that I 'called a spade a spade...so I told him how it was,,,he hasn't spoken to me for 2 years!
      C'est la vie !
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  5. Currently I am exhausted.

    Frankly My Dear

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    1. Hi P.C., do you mean your 'pooped', knackered, burnt out, had it et al?
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.
      PS. I do hope you will soon be hitting the boards running !

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  6. one politician in particular...
    ROG, ABCW

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    1. Who can you mean Roger, It's all fake news to me....Has he started building that wall yet ?
      Best regards,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  7. Fun post ~ and love the political cartoon with the nose ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Week ~ ^_^

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    1. Hi there Carol and little doggie, it was a gift finding that cartoon,,,,Pinocchio has got nothing on him, (if you know what I mean !
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team,

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  8. Yes the blue fairy would make life interesting in these alternative truth times.

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    1. Ha ha Joy that's very funny.
      I do think however,
      Euphemisms can cover a multitude of sins,
      So they say!
      Hope the weather in Cumbria is better than
      gloomy, damp and overcast Liverpool.
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.
      PS Glad you approve of the blue fairy xx

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  9. Sometimes it makes the situation better in sound and interpretation, Euphemism.

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    1. You are so right Carin,
      I once had a boss who told me she was 'going to let
      me go', when i dared to disagree withe her at an important
      meeting..I told her I was going nowhere, I immediately called the Director of the company, who had hired me and he had plans for me to move to a higher position, which he immediately implemented. I then went to work at the company head office thus becoming the boss of the 'bitch boss'... I don't think she liked me very much because soon after i hadto 'let her go' what is the euphemism 'revenge is a dish better serve cold! She was a dreadful manager and terrorised her staff on a daily basis.
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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    2. Oh my goodness. That was great for you and the others!

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    1. Exactly Ann, just a downright lazy way of expressing oneself!
      Good to hear from you again.
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  11. That sounds all so funny but true! BTW My cats are 10, 14, 16 and 18 years old !

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  12. Hi Gattina,
    I nearly always try to inflect a little humour into my writing, It helps to brighten up an otherwise dreary winter day.
    Your cats are just so lovely and they seem to get along so well,
    Thanks for stopping by, lovely to hear from you.
    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  13. Do I have to... focus, that is? Maybe I can just be content with the sound of the little wings fluttering on the Little Blue Fairy, just to alert me to another one. HaHa

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    1. Hi Pat,
      It was just by chance I found the Blue Fairy hovering over
      trumps nose...I was just looking for a satirical picture of Trum and ther hoving over Trump was The Blue Fairy...Magic !
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  14. Trump's nose is so big it's hiding the White House. Could that be a euphemism? Great post, Di. First time for me to think of euphemisms as double speak. Must've been another day I didn't pay attention in class. Hahahaha. By the way Trump speaks, he probably missed that lesson, too. Hugs, Di.

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    1. Ha ha! Su-sieeee!
      Along with his over sized ego, the man is incorrigible, he just doesn't listen to anybody just full of wind and hot air ! I give him 100 days.
      Our lady Prime Minister Teresa May won't have any messing from him that's for sure!
      Wait and see...or no way do I speak in Euephemisms !
      Touch for that Trump!.
      If somebody in the UK says "I've just Trumped" (usually a giggling child) it means I've just farted! (a slang word)
      Therefore his name is most appropiate.
      Trump.... full of wind and hot air. Trump is also a euphemism for passing wind or in other words farting !
      Best regards and hugs,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  15. You must be referring to the "alternative facts" floating around these days in the USA. Blessings!

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  16. Indeed Arnoldo Indeed! You can't possibly mean 'False News', can you?
    I hope you can read my above reply to Su-eesie,in a satirical way, and slightly rude but rather appropiate.
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team..

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  17. Thanks for the lovely poem you left on my recent post, you have a great way with words as also confirmed in this fun post.

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    1. Hi there Lindy Lou.
      So good to hear from you and thank you too for your kind comments regarding 'my way with words'... I do love the English language and the literatiure and poetry. Also I love the French language,,,They love to use the subjunctive which make their sentences longer but then there is almost a double explaination of what one is saying, (that is, of course, in my opinion).
      best regards,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  18. I miss ABCW! But I am so occupied at the moment. I miss your stories too.

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  19. Hi Di

    First of all my apologies for being a day late but not less sincere ofcourse my congratulations for your birthday.
    Wishing you all the best of love, luck, happyness and health for your new year of life and many more to come!

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I usually like to reply to your comments but for some reason when i do post a reply it just diappears, any advice would be most welcome,Thanks Di x

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