Posted by: episystechpubs | June 17, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Figures of Speech – Dysphemism

Good morning!

Today’s topic is based on the article “Take Care with Dysphemisms” by Mark Nichol.

Dysphemism is the use of a derogatory word or phrase instead of an inoffensive one.

Some examples are:

Snail mail for postal mail

Cancer stick in reference to a cigarette

Worm food or kicked the bucket for death

Pig for policemen

Quack for doctor

Shrink for psychiatrist

Old man for your father or husband

Old lady for your wife

Old bat for an elderly woman

Jalopy or beater for an unreliable car

Eat like a pig for a person who eats quickly or a lot

Dead tree edition for the paper version of a publication that can be found online

Thank you,

Jackie Solano

Technical Writer, Episys Technical Publications


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San Diego, California 92123

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