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Questions tagged [euphemism]

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Are there swearing euphemisms in Latin?

In Finnish it is possible to swear indirectly by replacing the swear word with a euphemism or perhaps a more innocent similar-sounding word. This is most common in exclamations like "oh [enter ...
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Politically (in)correct Latin

I am looking for an example of a pair of adjectives or nouns (broadly defined) in classical Latin which mean the same thing but one is considered rude and the other one polite. I could list several ...
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Niti and straining for a stool

The entry for niti in Lewis and Short includes meaning I.B.3: "to strain for a stool". One passage of such use is mentioned: Suet. Ves. 20: Statura fuit quadrata, compactis firmisque membris, ...
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What to call an old people's service home?

When an elderly person is no longer capable of or willing to live on their own, they can choose to move something I would call a "service home"1. Such institutions offer a variety of services: ...
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Is there a Latinism for “under fire”/“in combat”/“under duress”?

This question is partially open ended. I'm looking for a Latin idiom or euphemism or phrase that expresses something being from or related to practice as opposed to being related to theory. ...
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Is there a Latin euphemism for going to the toilet?

In some situations it might be considered vulgar or lower style to say "I have to go to the toilet". In English there are many ways around this: you can call the toilet something finer (bathroom, ...