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  • n  an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one
    his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter

  • One word, a four-letter dysphemism for human excrement, occurs repeatedly, since in the context of Gelber's story it is slang for "snow" which is a euphemism for any narcotic.
  • Or is this blunt Anglo-Saxonism a dysphemism for making love? Are the old forbidden obscenities really the crude bedrock on which softer and shyer expressions have been built?.

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