History UnusualEuphemism / Literature

8th Jun '16 12:39:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[VoidTrilogy The Temporal Void]]'' has [[http://books.google.com/books?id=ldH2BM3vs_EC&pg=PA128&lpg=PA128#v=onepage&q&f=false this]] rather chilling reference to (the 39th century's hyper-advanced) torture techniques as "today's medical techniques".

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* ''[[VoidTrilogy ''[[Literature/VoidTrilogy The Temporal Void]]'' has [[http://books.google.com/books?id=ldH2BM3vs_EC&pg=PA128&lpg=PA128#v=onepage&q&f=false this]] rather chilling reference to (the 39th century's hyper-advanced) torture techniques as "today's medical techniques".
7th Jun '16 3:27:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* Characters in Creator/IsaacAsimov stories will often exclaim words such as "Space!" and "Galaxy!". Ebling Mis from ''[[{{Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'' was quite fond of calling things "unprintable".

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* Characters in Creator/IsaacAsimov stories will often exclaim words such as "Space!" and "Galaxy!". Ebling Mis from ''[[{{Foundation}} ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'' was quite fond of calling things "unprintable".
30th Apr '16 9:27:57 PM Kid
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\\WordOfGod states that the last three books in the series will be an apocolyptic trilogy titled "Stars and Stones," "Hell's Bells" and "Empty Night." Jim Butcher has gone on the record stating "They're swears for a reason."

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\\WordOfGod WordOfGod states that the last three books in the series will be an apocolyptic trilogy titled "Stars and Stones," "Hell's Bells" and "Empty Night." Jim Butcher has gone on the record stating "They're swears for a reason."
21st Apr '16 6:49:22 PM jjjj2
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* Many of Creator/DaveBarry's newspaper columns noted that certain words in quotes were replaced with euphemisms to avoid offending family audiences. These euphemisms could be InherentlyFunnyWords or proper names from context, but usually they were obvious soundalikes, such as "duck shoe." Dave Barry's novels ''Big Trouble'' and ''Tricky Business'' use actual dirty words, as the author warns at the beginning of both.

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* Many of Creator/DaveBarry's newspaper columns noted that certain words in quotes were replaced with euphemisms to avoid offending family audiences. These euphemisms could be InherentlyFunnyWords or proper names from context, but usually they were obvious soundalikes, such as "duck shoe." Dave Barry's novels ''Big Trouble'' ''Literature/BigTrouble'' and ''Tricky Business'' ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'' use actual dirty words, as the author warns at the beginning of both.
12th Dec '15 4:39:34 PM Yuihime
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*** TruthInTelevision: In days when self-employed women were rare, ladies of the night faced with reporting their income for taxes would claim that they were seamstresses, a self-employed profession that ''was'' acceptable for a woman.
2nd Oct '15 10:05:02 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Literature/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'', 'funking' is used repeatedly, as is geecries (Jesus Christ).

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* In ''Literature/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'', 'funking' is used repeatedly, as is geecries (Jesus Christ).Christ).
*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Caffour complains about how no one has "yanked his banana" in many years.
8th Aug '15 10:27:30 PM Adept
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* In [[WenSpencer Wen Spencer's]] ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', [[DistressedDude Jerin]] is noted as being skilled at ''k'lamour'' (italics in text) or oral sex, from the context. This term is only used once, and it's in a novel with no other constructed language to speak of. As the word is a kind of mangled Latin, or French (amour = love), it could also mean sex in general. It is referred to as "the paths of pleasure". Jerin is extremely embarassed about having to talk about it. Normal sex that is provided by the husband for his wives is called "servicing" the wives, which is also unusual, although your mileage may vary on whether it is an ''euphemism''.

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* In [[WenSpencer Wen Spencer's]] Creator/WenSpencer's ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', [[DistressedDude Jerin]] is noted as being skilled at ''k'lamour'' (italics in text) or oral sex, from the context. This term is only used once, and it's in a novel with no other constructed language to speak of. As the word is a kind of mangled Latin, or French (amour = love), it could also mean sex in general. It is referred to as "the paths of pleasure". Jerin is extremely embarassed about having to talk about it. Normal sex that is provided by the husband for his wives is called "servicing" the wives, which is also unusual, although your mileage may vary on whether it is an ''euphemism''.
27th Jul '15 11:08:16 PM Dalillama
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* In ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'', Flight-Lieutenant Silk has an affair with a former model who has dropped out of society to live a poor but content life in the country. The relationship occupies a sort of halfway house between a FriendsWithBenefits situation and outright prostitution. There is something genuine between them. But Silk uses the cover story of "taking cello lessons" to justify his visits to her cottage and the unspoken agreement is that the cello lessons cost him £5 a session. the fact the cello never leaves its case is immaterial. [[note]]Until Mrs silk challenges him to play a middle-C at the very least. [[/note]]

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* In ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'', Flight-Lieutenant Silk has an affair with a former model who has dropped out of society to live a poor but content life in the country. The relationship occupies a sort of halfway house between a FriendsWithBenefits situation and outright prostitution. There is something genuine between them. But Silk uses the cover story of "taking cello lessons" to justify his visits to her cottage and the unspoken agreement is that the cello lessons cost him £5 a session. the fact the cello never leaves its case is immaterial. [[note]]Until Mrs silk challenges him to play a middle-C at the very least. [[/note]][[/note]]
* In ''Literature/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'', 'funking' is used repeatedly, as is geecries (Jesus Christ).
14th Jul '15 9:09:19 AM WillBGood
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** This one originated with Creator/GoreVidal's ''Myron''. In the original version of the book, Vidal replaces all the swear words with the names of Supreme Court Justices who had just voted in favour of some pro-censorship measure or other. So we have Burger = bugger, Father Hill = tit, Rehnquist = dick and so on.

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** This one originated with Creator/GoreVidal's ''Myron''.''Myron'' (the sequel to ''Myra Breckinridge''). In the original version of the book, Vidal replaces all the swear words with the names of Supreme Court Justices who had just voted in favour of some pro-censorship measure or other. So we have Burger = bugger, Father Hill = tit, Rehnquist = dick and so on.
on. The euphemisms were dropped when ''Myron'' was re-released in a compilation volume with ''Myra'' (which never bothered with such things).
29th Jun '15 7:51:08 PM karstovich2
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* Ellie Arroway, protagonist of ''{{Literature/Contact}}'', says "[[UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio Holy Toledo!]]" when she's shocked but other people are around. When they're not, as in when the Very Large Array has picked up what looks like a genuine message from extraterrestrial intelligences, she carefully sequesters herself for just a moment and whispers "Holy [[PrecisionFStrike shit!]]"

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* Ellie Arroway, protagonist of ''{{Literature/Contact}}'', says "[[UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio Holy Toledo!]]" "Holy Toledo!" when she's shocked but other people are around. When they're not, as in when the Very Large Array has picked up what looks like a genuine message from extraterrestrial intelligences, she carefully sequesters herself for just a moment and whispers "Holy [[PrecisionFStrike shit!]]"
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