By Hugh Rawson

ISBN-10: 0517573342

ISBN-13: 9780517573341

The writer of Crown's A Dictionary of Euphemisms and different Doubletalk has enjoyable on the different finish of the language spectrum during this witty, anecdote-filled consultant to the numerous rude, insulting, and simply simple ''bad'' phrases with which the English language is blessed. Line drawings. From the exchange Paperback variation.

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After 68 years of existence the widely circulated quarterly hitherto known as the Asiatic Review makes a slight but important change of designation. . The term 'Asiatic' has come to be regarded with disfavour by those to whom it applied, and they feel entitled to be brought into line with usage in regard to Europeans, Americans, and Australians" (Times Literary Supplement, 2/6/53). See also GOOK and RAGHEAD ass. All asses are divided into two distinct species—those with four legs and those with two—but even so it is not always possible to tell them apart at first glance.

Asparagus. Because many people don't like it? See also spinach below. 32 banana oil. Nonsense, especially of the insincere or unctuous sort, also as an interjection, bananas! See also BANANA. balderdash. The word is recorded first (OED, 1596) as referring to froth or frothy liquid, though some etymologists suspect the sense of frothy, jumbled, meaningless words may be older. It also has denoted a mixture of liquids, such as milk and beer or adulterated wine, as well as—getting back to language—filthy or obscene writing or talk.

Robert Flannagan, Maggot, 1971). stick it (or stuff it) up your ass. A most contemputous suggestion, usually expressed as an emphatic rejection of another person, plan, or idea, for emphasis, stick it up your ass and holler fire. The expression also may be euphemized as stick it in your ear. , go fuck yourself in the ass and give yourself some brains. See also STICK IT TO [SOMEONE] and UP YOURS. The grossness of the vulgarity is mitigated slightly by knowing that the notion is not unique to our time and culture.

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