每個語言都存有某些禁忌詞 (taboo)，為了避免尷尬或不悅的感覺，英語中經常以 euphemism 來取代這些禁忌詞。例如，人死了，不說 die，而改說比較好聽的 pass away。請舉出您知道的其他 euphemism 的英語表達詞語。
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Too many to list them all, actually there are some euphemism dictionaries available out there! Here are some examples...terminated: Mafia or Schwarzenegger-style killingsjob seekers: the unemployedasylum seekers: refugees undocumented aliens: (US) illegal aliensperson of color: black man/womanfull-figured: fatunsavory character: criminal (or suspected criminal)Health Care Center: Hospitalsales advisor: shop assistant senior citizen: old personlearning difference: learning disability (or stupid) slow: stupid motivationally challenged: lazy issues: problems or malfunction (especially in IT field)visually impaired: blind or nearly so comfort women: prostituteCustomer Service Representative: bank tellersillegal alien: illegal immigrants sanitation worker: for garbage manmixologist: for bartenderwet work: assassinationphysical persuasion or pressure: torturelayoff, downsize, headcount adjustment, realignment: mass firing of employeesjob flexibility: lack of job securityoutsource: firing local employees to hire cheaper labor elsewhere.reliability enhancement: fix for a software bug. escort from premises: kicked out/thrown out of building More examples are seen in sexual, religious nouns.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
news media tend to use "international" instead of "foreign"
- HoyohoyoLv 61 decade ago
shoot (shit) Shoot, I forgot my key!
darn (damn) That darn thing!
heck (hell) What the heck!
full of it (shit) You're so full of it!
between jobs ( got fired) I am now between jobs.
- 王大Lv 71 decade ago
pass water 代替 urinate(撒尿)
go to the john上廁所， 此處john代替toilet
four-letter word 髒話 (因為大部分英文的髒話都是四個字母所組成的)
fiddle(小提琴)： It's all a fiddle! 完全是個騙局
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- 1 decade ago
The term 'early retirment' is nearly always a euphemism for redundancy nowadays.
(Collins Cobuild Dict.)
The jargon has given us 'downsizing' as a euphemism for cuts.
(Oxford Dict.)Source(s): Collins Cobuild Dict. and Oxford Dict.