Monday, January 10, 2011


According to Wikipedia: "A euphemism is a substitution for an expression that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver, using instead an agreeable or less offensive expression, or to make it less troublesome for the speaker. Some euphemisms are intended to amuse, while others are created to mislead." One euphemism that I frequently hear is when men refer to themselves as being "big." Of course, nine times out of ten, they are not just big; they are fat. But somehow, calling themselves "big" seems to carry a positive meaning in our society. Let's call it like it is. If you are 6' 10" tall and 250 lbs or less and can run a mile in 8 minutes or less, then I will grant that you are indeed "big." Otherwise, you are fat.

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