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Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Online English Lesson Plans, Lesson Material and Ideas
for Semester 2 Reading Lessons...
Lesson Objectives: To understand how euphemisms
are used when reading.
Euphemisms: A euphemism is a word or phrase
that substitutes for language the speaker or writer feels is too blunt or
somehow offensive. When people die, we say, instead, that they have
"passed away" or "met their maker" or "gone to
sleep." And, at the silly extreme, a garbage collector is a sanitation
engineer, a janitor is a custodial engineer. What the writer must guard
against is the tendency of euphemisms not only to shield readers from harsh
reality but also to not show meaning and truth. The military is especially
guilty of this: bombing raids become surgical air-strikes and armies become