Friday, June 16, 2006

Word of the Day: Dysphemism


n : an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one; "his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter"

That leads me to ask, what would be a euphemism for "dysphemism"? Perhaps "crudity".

How about a dysphemism for "euphemism"? "Bowdlerism" comes to mind.

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