0168: "Reverse Euphemisms"

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0168: "Reverse Euphemisms"

Postby Shoofle » Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:04 am UTC

The word "Euphamisms" looks really weird tonight for some reason...
Anyway, I don't get this comic that much, but whatever.

Edit: Corrected the thread title.
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Postby Penguin » Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:18 am UTC

It's supposed to be "euphemisms".
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Postby rachel » Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:32 am UTC

Way to go with the spelling!

I had to explain it to one of my friends a couple of times before she finally got what was going on.

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Postby BobCat » Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:33 am UTC

So, when my folks told me they killed my dog, they really meant he was going to live on a farm?
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Postby narpas » Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:21 am UTC

I'm still trying to wrap the horse and the man and the alt-tag around my head.

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Re: Official "Reverse Euphamisms" Discussion

Postby Gelsamel » Mon Oct 09, 2006 6:14 am UTC

Shoofle wrote:The word "Euphamisms" looks really weird tonight for some reason...
Anyway, I don't get this comic that much, but whatever.


Reverse Euphemism is a bad way of describing it.

"Drop the kids off at the pool" is a Euphemism for taking a shit. So instead of euphemising something to make it more suitable for casual conversation he "reverse euphemises" (or rather the opposite of euphemising) "Drop the kids off at the pool" into "take a shit".

Seeing a man about a horse is a euphemism for urination.

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There is a word for that

Postby meatbites » Mon Oct 09, 2006 6:50 am UTC

And that word is dysphemism.

This little linguistics slut couldn't resist relating his first xkcd post to a semantical issue. :P

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Re: There is a word for that

Postby Gelsamel » Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:02 am UTC

meatbites wrote:And that word is dysphemism.

This little linguistics slut couldn't resist relating his first xkcd post to a semantical issue. :P


I've always wanted to know that word.

But it doesn't really suit the topic either. Dysphemism is more saying "shit" instead of "dump" or "crap". Or saying "Your Mum was brutally maimed and bludgeoned with weapons to the point of death" rather then saying "Your Mum died".

In this comic he actually IS going to "drop the kids off at the pool", which is now literal not metaphorical and he changes that into "shit". The more I think about it "Reverse Euphemism" is the correct word.

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Re: There is a word for that

Postby opus » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:25 am UTC

meatbites wrote:And that word is dysphemism.

This little linguistics slut couldn't resist relating his first xkcd post to a semantical issue. :P


Thank you! For years I've been saying "the opposite of a euphemism", but I will utter that phrase no longer!
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Re: There is a word for that

Postby Gelsamel » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:58 am UTC

opus wrote:
meatbites wrote:And that word is dysphemism.

This little linguistics slut couldn't resist relating his first xkcd post to a semantical issue. :P


Thank you! For years I've been saying "the opposite of a euphemism", but I will utter that phrase no longer!


Like I said above I've been saying the same thing! I just never bothered too look it up, so glad that I know what it is called now. :D

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Postby fjafjan » Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:18 pm UTC

ha, it took me quite some time, even after i read this thread to understand the comic, still funny tho, i will have to try it :D

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Postby TheReverend » Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:19 pm UTC

I am going to actively try and work this into my daily dialogues. I don't have kids but my roommate has a horse. I will now spend the rest of the day brainstorming how I can get a conversation to go in that direction.

Good thing I have off for Columbus Day.

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Postby Shoofle » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:33 pm UTC

TheReverend wrote:Good thing I have off for Columbus Day.

ANGER.

Anyway, thanks to the forum, I now know two new euphemisms!

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Postby xhuxus » Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:47 pm UTC

for the first 20 years of my life (or the point at which i learned the word up until i turned 20) i thought it was euphenism. and it should be, dammit. just like chasm should take a soft "ch" as in "change." maybe if i just keep saying them that way and get everyone who knows everyone i know to do the same, they'll blossom into officially recognized alternate spellings and pronunciations.

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Postby EM-002.rv-L "Tem Cu » Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:44 am UTC

Gotta love the ones that make your head hurt trying to understand it, until the forum gets going...
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Postby HenryChicane » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:36 pm UTC

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Postby Verysillyman » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:29 pm UTC

You could even name your pet monkey 'Maipeeniz' or some other silly spelling, so when people look shocked you can tell them that you actually meant "I have to punish Maipeeniz".

A friend and I were going to get a dog with this name, just for allt he fun we could have telling people what we did all day at the park. And that it was big and hairy.

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Another one

Postby madcreator » Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:34 am UTC

Me and a friend were talking about this comic and decided to come up with our own. The best we could come up with was:

Well, looks like they didn't have enough players show up, so I'm gonna go fuck a guy in the ass.

Huh?

Oh, I mean I'm gonna go hit for the other team.

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Postby Belial » Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:07 pm UTC

beautiful.

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Postby noneuklid » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:06 pm UTC

It also might be called a cacophism -- and while it's true that dysphemism and cacophism don't usually refer to reversing the referent and expression of a euphemism, this IS a case where a deliberately harsher phrase is used in place of a gentler one.

We might need a new word.

Anyone know the greek for 'backwards'?

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anyone who uses the article 'an' in conjunction with 'euphemism' will find raptors delivering their newspaper.

just a warning.

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Postby Belial » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:14 pm UTC

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anyone who uses the article 'an' in conjunction with 'euphemism' will find raptors delivering their newspaper.


Newspapers are delivered hell of early. Please don't make the raptors get up before sunrise.

If possible, don't make them go to *sleep* before sunrise.
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Postby noneuklid » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:56 pm UTC

Newspapers are delivered hell of early. Please don't make the raptors get up before sunrise.

If possible, don't make them go to *sleep* before sunrise.


Deal. But I warn you, staying up all night and then waiting around for you to come outside is gonna make 'em hella cranky.

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Postby Belial » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:59 pm UTC

Nah. Just give us a couple ground beef pizzas and some whiskey, and we can entertain ourselves until paper time....


Err...I mean...the raptors. They can entertain themselves. Until papertime.
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Postby noneuklid » Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:01 pm UTC

Excuse me, sir, but your discredpidermis is showing!

Hmm... so you're saying that raptors like whiskey? Potentially life-saving information!

Unless they're robot raptors a la futurama. Then I can see us still having some problems.

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Postby TheKhakinator » Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:27 pm UTC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysphemism

Dysphemism is essentially a reverse euphamism.

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Postby Syphon » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:09 pm UTC

I coin the word synchyphemism to describe this phenomenon.

From synchyzo, the Greek word for confusing, and pheme, for speech.

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Postby EYanyo » Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:53 am UTC

A little late, I know, but I just thought of two more tonight:

"My girlfriend just painted her porch, so I had to have anal sex with her."
"What!?"
"Oh, I mean I had to come in through her back door."

"The subway reached my stop, so I had an orgasm."
"What!?"
"You know, I got off."

The problem with these is that there are not so many verb phrase euphemisms, but more nouns. I guess you could have:

"Have you met Penis, my half-blind friend?"
"Oh wait, his name's One-eyed Willie."

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Postby Surgery » Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:45 am UTC

while dysphemism is essentially a reverse euphemism (as previously stated by others) it doesn't seem to be in the spirit of the game. I do think the game is poorly named, because it seems it would work with both euphemisms and dysphemisms. i.e.

euphemism:
"Shit, I made a mistake on my homework, give me that eraser so I can masturbate."
"What?!"
"You know, rub it out."
(yea, that's a stretch, but you get the idea)

dysphemism:
"I'm going to go perform very well at something, such as taking a test or playing a video game."
"Uh ..."
"Yea, I'm gonna go rape something."

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Hey, want to come round to my place so I can sneakily get you drunk and then take advantage of you?

That is to say, want to come round and watch Hitch (guys love that film!)
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Postby muteKi » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:11 pm UTC

EYanyo wrote:A little late, I know, but I just thought of two more tonight:

"My girlfriend just painted her porch, so I had to have anal sex with her."
"What!?"
"Oh, I mean I had to come in through her back door."

"The subway reached my stop, so I had an orgasm."
"What!?"
"You know, I got off."

The problem with these is that there are not so many verb phrase euphemisms, but more nouns. I guess you could have:

"Have you met Penis, my half-blind friend?"
"Oh wait, his name's One-eyed Willie."


You just reminded me of the story of Penis van Lesbian, the famous TV sitcom entertainer from the 60s.
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Postby bbctol » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:52 pm UTC

muteKi wrote:You just reminded me of the story of Penis van Lesbian, the famous TV sitcom entertainer from the 60s.


The blatantly untrue story?

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Postby Surgery » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:18 am UTC

muteKi wrote:You just reminded me of the story of Penis van Lesbian, the famous TV sitcom entertainer from the 60s.


haha, it only took me several hours, but now I get it!

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Postby muteKi » Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:20 am UTC

bbctol wrote:
muteKi wrote:You just reminded me of the story of Penis van Lesbian, the famous TV sitcom entertainer from the 60s.


The blatantly untrue story?



It was kinda' funny either way.
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Re: Official "Reverse Euphemisms" Discussion

Postby Blist » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:23 pm UTC

I wanted a sandwich, so I pooed and farted.

Spoiler:
I wanted a sandwich, so I pinched a loaf and cut the cheese.

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Re: Official "Reverse Euphemisms" Discussion

Postby Blist » Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:26 pm UTC

Don we now our homosexual apparel...

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Re: Official "Reverse Euphemisms" Discussion

Postby Blist » Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:48 pm UTC

Maybe we should try some drug euphemisms?


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