Euphemism Buster
Thank you very much.
"General Heydrich, I have the real feeling I "evacuated" 30,000 Jews already by shooting them in Riga. Is what I did "evacuation"? When they fell, were they "evacuated"? There are another 20,000 awaiting similar "evacuation". I find it useful to know what words mean."
SS-Sturmbannführer Rudolf Lange, Conspiracy

Someone uses a euphemism, Last-Second Word Swap or something similar, and someone else blurts out exactly what the first person meant.

It generally comes in two versions: Ditz and Intentional. The Ditz version is just the person figuring it out for himself without realizing that the speaker was trying to be discreet. The intentional version is a character simply not caring about the delicacy of the matter or being deliberately obnoxious about it.

The euphemism may or may not be unusual. Compare and contrast Lampshaded Double Entendre, Don't Explain the Joke.


Films — Animated
  • Scar has to backtrack and Euphemism Bust himself in The Lion King thanks to dumb hyenas:
    Banzai: Yeah, be prepared! We'll be prepared! Uh...for what?
    Scar: For the death of the king!
    Banzai: What, is he sick?
    Scar: No, you fool, we're going to kill him. And Simba too.

Films — Live-Action
  • From Mallrats:
    Brandi: Second suitor: if we were making whoopee, what sounds would you make?
    Brodie: Wait, what's whoopee?
    Brandi: You know, being intimate.
    Brodie: What? Like fucking?
  • A darker example in Conspiracy, a drama about the Wannsee Conference, during which the Security Police managed to get authorization for an anti-Jewish genocide (later termed "Operation Reinhard") which outshone the ones accomplished to that date by the Wehrmacht, Einsatzgruppen, and Regional Security Chiefs. The term 'evacuation' is frequently used to describe the Security Police's programme. After about an hour of this Lange, who works with the security forces in Reichskomissariat Ostland (and has been engaged in the usual 'preventative security' operations to eliminate demographics who might support the Communist Insurgency there), tires of his indirectness.
    Lange: I have the real feeling I evacuated 30,000 Jews already by shooting them. Is what I did evacuation?
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
    Hilary: There's no inappropriate behaviour allowed.
    Megan: swearing?
    Graham: No, inappropriate like fucking. You get caught in the throes of sodomy and it's au revoir.
  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.
    Smith: You're going to help remove some of the filth.
    Remo: I like that. That's nice. It's a lot nicer than "kill," or "destroy," or "terminate with extreme prejudice." That's what you're really talking about, isn't it?

  • A famous WWII fighter pilot is giving an inspirational speech to a girls' school.
    PILOT: ...and remember, ladies, no matter how sticky the situation, you can always get out of it. For instance: back in the war I was in a terrible dogfight - there was one fucker behind me, one on top of me and one to my left-
    HEADMISTRESS: [leaping to her feet] Girls, girls, if you don't know, there was a type of German aircraft called a Focker.
    PILOT: That's right. [beat] Although these fuckers were flying in Messerschmidts...

Live Action TV
  • Scrubs
    Elliot: Those gyno girls are really putting the pressure on. We must have looked at a hundred women's bajingos today! Bajingo, bajingo, bajingo. I mean, I can't even look at my own bajingo.
    Carla: Is that because it looks so much like a vagina?
    Elliot: Carla, there's people!
  • Mythbusters
    Narrator: And in the pouch will be... let's call it 'genetic legacy'
    Jamie: Genetic legacy? It's sperm. Every kid in grade school knows that. Helps make babies, you know?
  • Dollhouse
    Topher: He seemed to be having a kind
    Dr. Saunders: A what?
    Topher: A, you know, reaction that a man — person might have in know, the...naked part. Shower. Victor.
    Dr. Saunders: Victor had an erection?
    Topher: I prefer man-reaction.
  • In Lost this overlaps with Censorship by Spelling. Hurley doesn't want to talk about the dead in front of a kid (Walt), so he spells it out:
    Hurley: But what about the B-O-D-Y-S?
    Michael: What are you trying to spell, man, "bodies"?
    Walt: B-O-D-I-E-S.
  • On Chappelle's Show, a parody of a PBS Frontline documentary has the narrator (a white man) warn viewers:
    Narrator: For viewers sensitive to issues of race, be advised that the following piece contains gratuitous use of the "N" word.
    Narrator: And by the "N" word, I mean Nigger.
    Narrator: There, I said it.
  • A variant from an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun:
    Sally: He said he wanted to sleep with me. I wanted sex, but seeing as he was tired I decided to just go home.
  • An un-lampshaded version in Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    Mayor: No slayer of mine is going to live in a fleabag motel. That place has a very unsavory reputation. There are immoral liaisons going on there.
    Faith: Yeah, plus all the screwing.
  • In Star Trek: The Original Series, Harry Mudd describes how he wound up on the android planet after getting arrested for one of his scams:
    Mudd: Well, of course I... left.
    Kirk: He broke jail.
    Mudd: I, ah, borrowed transportation...
    Kirk: He stole a spaceship.
    Mudd: ...the patrol reacted in a hostile manner...
    Kirk: They fired at him.
  • In Friends, Chandler is hesitant to have sex with his new girlfriend, Kathy:
    Chandler: Her last boyfriend was Joey...
    Ross: And you're afraid you won't be able to...fill his shoes?
    Chandler: No, I'm afraid I won't be able to make love as well as him.
    Ross: I was going for the metaphor.
    Chandler: And I was saying the actual words.
  • Person of Interest. When the Chief of Staff starts giving her flak, Control spells out exactly what her organisation has been doing behind the scenes to keep the United States safe. So far they've handled 853 threats to national security. "And by 'handled', you do know I mean killed, right?"
  • Occasionally, when a Cutthroat Kitchen contestant is sabotaged too hard to make their dish properly, they'll try to go for a Less Embarrassing Term, such as "deconstructed omelet". This rarely fools the judges:
    Judge: Let's call them what they are, your scrambled eggs.

Video Games
  • Star Trek Online has this exchange between Proconsul D'Tan of the Romulan Republic and an uninvited visitor in his office.
    Khiana: Allow me to introduce myself. I am Subcommander Khiana, and I represent... certain individuals interested in the future of the Romulan people.
    D'Tan: Don't patronize me. You mean the Tal Shiar.

Web Comics
  • Ménage à 3: Thanks to Gary's intermittent lack of an indoor voice, when he busts Tracy's euphemism for the second job she does to pay the bills, he triggers an understandable Face Palm,
    Tracy: I do a little, ummmm, crowdfunded R-rated video performance.
    Gary: You're a SEX CAMGIRL?!
  • In The Order of the Stick, following Roy's death, Haley tries to break the news gently to his girlfriend Celia. Unfortunately, Celia takes Haley's metaphors literally, so Belkar has to be blunt and to the point in order to explain to her.

Web Original
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    Joey: Shut up, Tristan! You just wanna get into [my sister]'s pants!
    Tristan: No I don't. I want to have sex with her!
    Tristan: Oooooooh, that's what you meant...!
  • Lampshaded in the Ego Raptor production Girl Chan In Paradise when Yusuke gets mad and starts pronouncing the word fuck with an elongated f noise, only to have Kenstar interrupt and ask if he's about to say the f word. Yusuke's response is "You mean.... fuck!" Kenstar then gives a subdued response "Yes, that would be it."

Western Animation
  • Spongebob Squarepants, "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost":
    Spongebob: Squidward! He's... he's... pushing up daisies!
    Patrick: Oh, I thought he was dead.
  • Kim Possible:
    • When Kim has to take her brothers with her on a mission in "The Twin Factor" she asks if anyone has to do any "business" before they leave the house. Ron doesn't understand it at first until Rufus whispers the true meaning in his ear. After hearing it, he immediately runs back into the house to use the bathroom.
    • In "Ron the Man", Shego suggests hiring Jack Hench, an idea Drakken rejects as too expensive. Shego then proposes a way around that problem:
      Shego: I'll infiltrate his research facility and, you know, maybe I can find some "free samples".
      Drakken: Please! Hench never gives "free" anything. He... Oh, you mean stealing, don't you?
      Shego: Doy!