Monday, April 10, 2006

And now.....this

I learned a new word today. Yes, folks, I'm living an exciting life. And I really like this word. It's the opposite of euphemism.


dysphemism
(n)-the substitution of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging expression for an agreeable or inoffensive one.


The first example that comes to my mind is the term "loony bin" for mental hospital. Got any more?

20 comments:

frankengirl said...

What a great word!

Hmm… Well, as you know, I could go on and on about all the words used to replace “woman.” However, I’ll shall spare you - ;)

Tan Lucy Pez said...

I was going to say my old lady or ball-and-chain used for a man's wife. But as frankengirl said, there are a lot of words like that.

Maybe salt mine for a place of employment. People who work are lucky to have jobs.

Rug rat for a child.

Nigel Patel said...

Any invective you could silently hurl at the cop that just stopped your car.
"Hooptie" or "Beater" for a run down car.
The lunch trucks that go around industrial parks other wise known as "The Roach Coach".

Jamie Dawn said...

There are many of these that mock fast food restaurants.

McDungal's
Booger King
Wendy's Fat
Taco Smell

AP3 said...

That is a great word!

There are many...

"Rat dog" for a toy (small breed) dog.

"Bearded clam" for female genitalia.

I'll stop there.

Saur♥Kraut said...

feminazi. I hate that word.

Minka said...

hey....we call Iceland- ice-cube.
I don´t know if that is less freezing but it sure has more form;)

sweet pinkette said...

LOL @ Bearded Clam. That is pretty disgusting.

There's so many-

Wife Beater for a plain white muscle shirt. I;ve heard people call chopsticks Chink Sticks That, needless to say, is extremely offensive. Mexicans are also called Beaners and all those other ignorant racist names.

Dysphemism is a great word, Actonbell! I learn something new everytime I come here. ^____^

actonbell said...

Great ideas! Of course, I call my particular place of employment The Asylum, and our company store The Scratch and Dent Sale. (not that I mind the scratches!)

Fred said...

Ohhh, AP3....I'm speechless! :)

Jamie Dawn said...

I suppose when church is boring, calling it the Snooze Fest might fit under that new word of yours.

Since Aral ventured into the female genitalia subject, I will write down one of the WORST names for it that I have ever heard: Axe Wound.

I know... that is so crude.

Doug said...

Aral, you could have stopped one sooner, maybe :P Ick, Jamie Dawn.

I only know dysphemisms, although I'm just learning the word now. They should be handled with class and the respect deserved by the wise.

Examples might be:
A jaundiced eye for a discriminating perspective.
Cynical bastard for a man of accomplishment and learning.
Smart-ass for a person with an engaged wit.
Fat, sh*t-tossing baboon, representing a vocal advocate for the disabled and his own job.

Doug said...

Oh, and I suspect jack-booted fascist @$$hole for the debonair gent in the far seat at the conference table at the Service Employees International Union local in Oakland on Tuesday.

actonbell said...

Wow, Doug! Maybe you ARE Ambrose. Did you type that last one while looking at the fella? How satisfying...

cube said...

An excellent word. So logical, too.
I don't know if everyone knows this one, but naked mole rat for James Carville ;-)

Kyahgirl said...

you are such an educator! thanks :-)

Doug said...

One year later: I think I was him, Actonbell. I think I typed that comment from Oakland Airport where I plummeted from the Union's favoritest employer ever to common criminal. I remember I sat at the far end of the conference table from the union folks and angered them grievously.

TLP said...

I'm also a year later on this comment. I'd completely forgotten this post. I love it .... again.

My calling one of Niks' favorite eating places, The Dead Fly Cafe.

Doug said...

Well, now that we're here, TLP, I'd say rug rat is euphemism for a child.

mireille said...

um, sometimes the workplace is adult daycare xoxo