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Unformatted text preview: ite society), • to avoid repeating the same name or idea, as a name-calling device in political or social issue debates, • to avoid revealing a secret or allowing others to overhear a name (frequently used in spy novels and movies), • to avoid too much seriousness and make light of a difficult situation. H OW W I L L E U P H E M I S M S B U I L D YO U R WO R D P OW E R ?
As you know, the best way to increase your vocabulary is to read—this book and anything and everything else! Additionally, listen carefully to everything you hear—on the radio and TV, in conversations with friends, parents, and teachers. You’ll pick up lots of new words to help increase your vocabulary. You’ll soon be acquiring new words unconsciously, without using ﬂash cards or study lists or even thinking about it! Listening for euphemisms also increases your vocabulary and your sensitivity to word meanings. As you notice euphemisms, you’ll automatically sense the variations and nuances (small differences in meaning) in language that euphemisms employ. For example, if someone says they live in a working class neighborhood, you may guess that they don’t live in the wealthiest, fanciest part of town. When someone says a neighborhood is in transition, what do you think they mean? What reality does the euphemism cover? TIP: How do you know if a word or phrase is a euphemism or simply a synonym? Ask yourself what the motive was for choosing the word or words. Why this particular wor...
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