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Postby William » Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:32 pm

from Mirriam-Webster
Main Entry: dys·phe·mism Pronunciation Guide
Pronunciation: disfmizm
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): -s
Etymology: dys- + -phemism (as in euphemism)
: substitution of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging word or expression for an agreeable or inoffensive one (as of axle grease for butter, old man for father, or heap for car); also : a word or expression so substituted -- contrasted with euphemism
Another example:

"Ambulance chaser" for "personal injury attorney". Or do I have that backwards? Maybe "personal injury attorney" is a euphemism for "ambulance chaser".


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Postby Apoclima » Thu Jun 02, 2005 4:23 pm

Excellent word, William!

"Don't talk to me today! I'm in one of my dysphemistic moods!"

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Postby astrokatastro » Fri Jun 10, 2005 1:21 pm

In today Greek means give something a bad fame-φήμη .Negative comersial spot.

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