Monday, March 12, 2007

Euphemisms galore

Slate has a monthly contest about euphemisms with Barbara Wallraff (who, by the way, is living in Florence, Italy) as curator. She takes reader submissions and shares the best ones in a podcast. This month's contest was for new ways to say "incompetence in the workplace," such as chairwarmer, rock with arms and smooth-brained.

The next contest is for euphemisms for "beautiful," "hot," "very attractive," etc. Should be fun. Send entries here. Wallraff has cataloged past winners here.



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