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6. Euphemisms

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alot_of_euphemisms_1610855Euphemisms are an everyday part of the English language. From politicians trying to disguise the truth of their messages to friends trying to talk about something taboo while in polite company, euphemisms are everywhere.

In this, the sixth monthly podcast from the Queens School of English (wow those months really fly by don’t they?) we’re going to find out exactly what they are and how you can use them to better improve your English.

You might be interested to check out this famous sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which uses a lot of euphemisms to humorous effect.

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Finally, for those who listened to last month’s podcast, here are the answers to the extra activity I gave:

1. Look at those sheep! (spoken mistake)
2. I need to be there before you are. Is that going to be OK? (written mistake)
3. That’ll teach them! (spoken mistake)
4. The man whose wife I met, left town. (written mistake)
5. To whom it may concern. (written mistake)
6. Kasia and I will definitely be going. (both)
7. If I were you, I wouldn’t do it. (spoken mistake)
8. You’re welcome. (written mistake)
9. Well at least it was better than last year. (written mistake)
10. The directors definitely know what they’re doing. (written  mistake)
11. Where is he now? (spoken mistake)
12. Get off me! (spoken mistake)
13. As I was saying. (spoken mistake)
14. This line is for 10 items or fewer. (both)
15. Can you lend me a pen? (spoken mistake)
16. She can’t do anything right. (spoken mistake)
17. I should’ve taken the train. (spoken mistake)
18. This game is extremely addictive. (spoken mistake)
19. I couldn’t care less what he thinks of me. (spoken  mistake)
20. That cake was too sweet for me. (written mistake)