Subject: Does this mean we need to come up with new euphemisms?
Posted on: 2021-02-23 08:56:51 UTC

Only, because "new" was the problem here, they need to sound really old.

How about "starboard"? In its original sense, it means "steering board" - ie, rudder. It's a word nobody uses as a concrete noun any more, so using it that way will immediately make you look old-fashioned. Plus, it lends itself to some great "port and starboard" gags.

Failing that, how about animals? I've got a NaNo which jokes about how incredibly crude the name of Mount Wolf is, because "wolf" is just such a euphemism. Lots of possibilities for pouncing, leaping, howling at the moon...

The key, of course, is to make them so oblique that nobody would understand what they meant without some heavy-duty context. Make it sound like it could have gotten through Victorian prudery by being misinterpreted as a charming folk-tale - "The Sailor Comes Home" or "The Wolf in his Den". Imagine a bunch of Yorkshire farmers sitting around guffawing about the utter filth being printed in the Good Child's Book of Pretty Fairies. That's how you find the really good euphemisms.

(Internet points to anyone who writes one of those charming folk-tales. ^_~ And possibly a quick illustration of just how charmingly innocent it all is.)


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