Book Review and Giveaway: Euphemania by Ralph Keyes (Ends 1/21) CLOSED

Friday, January 07, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
How did die become kick the bucket, underwear become unmentionables, and having an affair become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have become embedded in the fabric of our language. EUPHEMANIA traces the origins of euphemisms from a tool of the church to a form of gentility to today's instrument of commercial, political, and postmodern doublespeak.

As much social commentary as a book for word lovers, EUPHEMANIA is a lively and thought-provoking look at the power of words and our power over them.

My Review

Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms is a joy to read. Well written, smart and thoroughly entertaining, this book should be on the must-read list of anyone who enjoys words and / or is fascinated by the English language. This is not a humor book but I laughed out loud more times than I can count and loved every page. Euphemania is not just about words - the book is also a reflection of social customs, both past and present. It shows how people use euphemisms to say what they mean without saying it, to enrich language, and sometimes to hide or minimize the truth. There are chapters dedicated to euphemisms we use when talking about finances, anatomy, bodily functions, sickness and death, and more. Euphemania is readable and interesting as well as educational and very well researched. I highly recommend this excellent book. Find out more about the author and his other works on RalphKeyes.com.


The Giveaway
Thanks to publisher Hachette Book Group, I am hosting a giveaway for three (3) copies of Euphemania by Ralph Keyes.

To enter, please comment below what's the last good book you've read.

You may do any and all of the following for extra chances to win:

  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, feel free to copy and paste: "#Win a copy of Euphemania by Ralph Keyes! #Giveaway ends 1/21 @aitmama #contests #books #language #culture #review http://tiny.cc/9qdss" – you may do this once a day;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is January 21, 2011, 11:59pm EST. The winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen. Subject to this site's Official Rules.

Open to residents 18+ of U.S. and Canada only. No P.O. box addresses, please. Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title in the mail. Winners will receive their prizes directly from Hachette Book Group. Book information and cover image courtesy of the publisher


Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post.  

185 comments:

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