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Euphemisms

Kill That Euphemism!

Edwin L. Laing | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Edwin L. Laing

Let us call a killing a killing. A state execution is a killing by any other name. It is time to speak frankly and honestly about the word execute when used to describe the act of killing by the state.

Labels Work Best on Soup Cans

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

It didn't really matter what we called ourselves though, because everyone knew what the names really meant. Everyone knew they really meant top, middle or bottom. We all knew exactly what was being done. We were being labeled.

Museum Yanks Masturbation Video

Tony Phillips | Posted 07.21.2012 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

It seems that in Canada, where the new thaw quickens the letting down of pantaloons and the lifting of full many a bustle, the youth remain woefully under-informed about the glory and abundant possibility of their burgeoning sexuality.

"I Don't Disagree"

Seth Jaret | Posted 05.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Seth Jaret

Hollywood has a vernacular all its own. Among the town's most popular pieces of parlance is "I don't disagree." But is it an affirmation worth a damn or is it just another equivocation on the road to development hell?

Is It Better That No One Can Define 'Hooking Up'?

Posted 10.12.2011 | Women

How do you define "hooking up?" A recent study of how social networks lead college students to define, perceive, and participate in “hooking up...

Never Ever Retreat

Hugh Rawson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hugh Rawson

The United States has begun withdrawing forces from the Pech Valley in Afghanistan, an area once considered to be critical in the campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

More Fowl Talk for the Holidays

Hugh Rawson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hugh Rawson

The terms "white meat" and "dark meat" are used so commonly today that most people forget that they started out as euphemisms, popularized by our Victorian ancestors, who shied away from uttering the dreaded word breast.