Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: An Unusual Book of Euphemisms

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At a loss for words, hockey puck? You can always quote Shakespeare...

Or delve into this entertaining compendium of insults and verbal abuse, all couched in language of the most uplifting nature. Filled with common and not-so-common zingers that will both shock you and make you laugh your @$$! off.

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Overview

At a loss for words, hockey puck? You can always quote Shakespeare...

Or delve into this entertaining compendium of insults and verbal abuse, all couched in language of the most uplifting nature. Filled with common and not-so-common zingers that will both shock you and make you laugh your @$$! off.

Includes:

  • Exactly how to address individual mounds of foul, undigested lumps of donkey entrails
  • That "F"-ing word and other intensives
  • Many, many ways to refer to the part that goes over the fence last
  • More euphemisms, synonyms, phrases and descriptions than you knew existed for sexual activities, proclivities, untoward incidents, accidents of nature and the beast with two backs
  • Addressing the mentally incompetent, the cerebrally challenged, the absurdly bureaucratic, the impossibly rational and other instances of ineptitude, obfuscation or obstruction and much more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402208850
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 680,279
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Researching her bestselling novels Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and Darcy & Elizabeth, author Linda Berdoll was surprised and delighted by the euphemisms she turned up--most of them of an insulting nature. Berdoll compiled them here to entertain and enlighten. She lives on a pecan farm in Del Valle, Texas, with her husband.
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Chapter 1

Censuring the Fool:
The Lost Art of the Insult

Few would argue that some behavior is so abhorrent, it demands redressing. Regardless of justification-idiot drivers, impudent clerks, adolescents who have been spawned by the devil-we as a society simply cannot condone smacking the offender upside the head. (Admittedly, this decision is instituted only partly in deference to decorum, but also to the distinct possibility that said transgressor might be packing heat.) Since throwing the bric-a-brac can become prohibitively expensive, our only alternative is to let fly with a few choice words.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Censuring the Fool: The Lost Art of the Insult Of Hos and Hounds International Culinary Observations At a Loss for Words, Hockey Puck? Quote Shakespeare!
Sacre Bleu: Minced Oaths, Profanities and Expletives The Body and Its Imperfections Silent Disparagement: The Bird and His Friends Circumlocution Worshipping at the Shrine of Bacchus

Chapter 2. Indisposition Gastro-Intestinal Disorder Pussyfooting around the Curse Crawling Creatures Social Diseases Foul Emanations In the Privy Wring Out One's Socks Afflicted by Time's Winged Chariot The Bucket Kick'd

Chapter 3. Bewitched, Bothered and Betwattled Overborne by Desire Temporary Priaprism Humbled in the Act of Love The Long Carbine Dallying, Firkytoodling, and Finkdiddling Bowing at the Altar of Eros Safe Sex or Sex "Sain et Sauf"
Men Behaving Badly

Researching her bestselling novels Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and Darcy & Elizabeth, author Linda Berdoll was surprised and delighted by the euphemisms she turned up--most of them of an insulting nature. Berdoll compiled them here to entertain and enlighten. She lives on a pecan farm in Del Valle, Texas, with her husband.

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