Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: An Unusual Book of Euphemisms

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Sourcebooks, Inc., May 1, 2007 - Humor - 152 pages
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At a loss for words, hockey puck? You can always quote Shakespeare...

Or delve into this entertaining compendium of insults and verbal abuse, all couched in language of the most uplifting nature. Filled with common and not-so-common zingers that will both shock you and make you laugh your @$$! off.


  • Exactly how to address individual mounds of foul, undigested lumps of donkey entrails
  • That "F"-ing word and other intensives
  • Many, many ways to refer to the part that goes over the fence last
  • More euphemisms, synonyms, phrases and descriptions than you knew existed for sexual activities, proclivities, untoward incidents, accidents of nature and the beast with two backs
  • Addressing the mentally incompetent, the cerebrally challenged, the absurdly bureaucratic, the impossibly rational and other instances of ineptitude, obfuscation or obstruction and much more!

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User Review  - Sarah Martin - Goodreads

Ha Ha, way too funny! Would be nice to remember all of these. Read full review


TheLost Art
Profanities andExpletives
Oaths and General Vituperation
Silent DisparagementThe Bird and HisFriends
Worshipping at the Shrine of Bacchus
In the Privy
DallyingFirkytoodling andFinkdiddling
Sex Sain et Sauf
Men BehavingBadly
A Pea in the Pod
Unknown to Man
Trafficking with Oneself
The Gazelles are in the Garden

Afflicted by TimesWingd Chariot
Bewitched Botheredand Betwattled
The Long Carbine
N What?

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About the author (2007)

Researching her bestselling novels Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and Darcy & Elizabeth, author Linda Berdoll was surprised and delighted by the euphemisms she turned up--most of them of an insulting nature. Berdoll compiled them here to entertain and enlighten. She lives on a pecan farm in Del Valle, Texas, with her husband.

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