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Bert45 | 14:42 Tue 05th Dec 2017 | Phrases & Sayings
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When you say "bar steward" instead of b*stard, or "sugar" instead of ***. It's not a euphemism. The word 'mincing' keeps coming into my head, but that's not it. I'm sure there is a word for it, but I can't think of it. While on the subject, when Americans say "ass" instead of *rse, is this an example of the word I'm looking for, or is it just the way Americans pronounce *rse?

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Edit: just found another term: minced oath. I've never actually heard this term used, mind you, but still, it's a closer match than plain "euphemism".
14:50 Tue 05th Dec 2017
I would say that it is a euphemism
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/euphemism?s=t
There'll be some experts along soon, AB is full of this stuff - sadly.
Americans don't use a rse in the same way we do, not that i have ever heard.
Edit: just found another term: minced oath. I've never actually heard this term used, mind you, but still, it's a closer match than plain "euphemism".
geevo....you are right, and here it is !

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minced_oath
That was very interesting, I'd never heard of a minced oath before. Who said that I'm wasting my time on AB!
Defined as a euphemistic expression,so really both are appropriate.
Zebo....time spent on AB is never wasted !
Mikey, tell that to my kitchen floor!
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Yes! Minced oath is what I was looking for. It came to me while I was AFK. It's not a euphemism, dannyk13 and geevo. A euphemism is like saying 'passed away' instead of 'died', or 'We lost him' instead of 'He died'.
Bert, Check the link given by Mikey at 13,53. Minced-oath is a euphemistic expression,
Bert45

Please read my 13.50 post :)
Guys...lets not fall out of this...."minced oath" is a lovely phrase and one that I shall now use in the future !
Oh heck.
it is a euphemism
I think minced-oathwould be used when the euphemism substitutes a swear word.
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Sorry, dannyk13 and geevo, it seems that a minced oath is a sub-class of euphemism. But I had euphemism in my question, so I wasn't looking for that.
Bert....you had it nearly right !
No problem Bert

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