168: Reverse Euphemisms

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Reverse Euphemisms
I'm still waiting for a chance to use 'I have to see a man about a horse'.
Title text: I'm still waiting for a chance to use 'I have to see a man about a horse'.

[edit] Explanation

Euphemisms are figures of speech used in place of more offensive terms. In this comic, Cueball uses swear words in the place of benign terms, inverting the typical usage of euphemisms. To "drop the kids off at the pool" is a euphemism meaning to "go take a shit." In this case, however, Cueball actually has to drop kids off at the pool but instead uses "go take a shit." Cueball is using the euphemism in reverse, hence the title.

In the title text, the figure is waiting for a situation in which he has to see a man concerning a horse, as this relates to another euphemism meaning to urinate. It can be assumed that, when telling someone about seeing the man about the horse, he would say "...then I had to go take a piss."

A reverse euphemism is actually called a dysphemism in linguistics, although this comic is actually a terrible example of this. Euphemisms are used to make a statement less offensive or disturbing without actually changing the underlying meaning, such as by using "pass away" instead of "die." A better example of a dysphemism would be "I have to drop off my dumbshit kids at the fucking pool".

[edit] Transcript

My Hobby: Reverse Euphemisms
[Two people talking.]
Cueball: Oh, hey, school just let out and it's YMCA night, so I've gotta go take a shit.
Friend: What?
Cueball: I mean I actually have to drop the kids off at the pool.


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Discussion

It should probably be noted that 'dysphemism' is a real word. Though it usually applies to using derogatory terms as opposed to politically correct ones. 130.160.145.185 20:03, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

I bet people who make Swiss cheese enjoy saying 'this year's batch of cannabis was below par'. BlueRoll18 (talk) 01:52, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Why is this not a good example of a reverse euphemism? His kids are shit. The toilet bowl is basically a pool for shit. "Take a shit" translates directly to "Drop kids off at the pool". In a true euphemism, "pass away" translates directly to "died". The two seem similar.

Flewk (talk) 11:57, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

One day I want to be able to really confuse someone by saying "we had to buy some more paint the other day because my dad died" 108.162.223.221 14:48, 28 January 2016 (UTC)Dream

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