Interesting word (or phrase) of the day

April 29, 2008

Dysphemism – the substitution of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging expression for an agreeable or inoffensive one.

“dead tree edition” rather than “paper edition” (of an online magazine)
“kick the bucket” rather than “died” or “passed away”

Roughly synonymous with cacophemism (deliberately offensive).

Cool.

Source: Webster’s, Wikipedia

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