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A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one, considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing, is a euphemism. For example to declare someone redundant in a job’ is a euphemism and it’s a more polite way of dismissing the person from the job.

Some euphemisms are idioms and they are socially acceptable. They become idiomatic expressions because they lose their literal meanings and refer to something else in order to hide their unpleasantness. An example of such an expression is ‘to answer to nature’s call’. This is a more pleasant way of saying, ‘to go to the toilet’.

Using euphemisms in English language helps to avoid any discomfort in day-to-day social interactions, and to some extent evading disputes and wars. They are therefore used regularly and there are many examples in the English Language; all having the common aim of ensuring peaceful relationship among people.

The video below shows examples of euphemisms we hear in our our everyday communication:

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