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Euphemania-Ralph Keyes: Review and Giveaway

A Book About Why We Speak As We Do

We tend to read a lot of fiction here at the Brazen Broads Book Bash, so it's always nice to get our hands on some good nonfiction books almost as a way to cleanse our palettes sometimes.  Ralph Keyes book, Euphemania,  is the perfect mix of informative yet interesting.  In it, he shares the reasons why we use euphemisms so often in our daily speech. 

The main idea behind the book is that euphemisms are used to make the uncomfortable more comfortable.  Therefore, they're very common in discussions about sex.  One anecdote offered in the book refers to Jesse Jackson's threat during the 2008 election in which he stated he wanted to "cut off Barack Obama's nuts."  Keyes explains that the major news organizations struggled with how to report this, using euphemisms such as Jackson wanted to do something to his sensitive areas.  (It escapes the Broads why they couldn't just say Jackson wanted to castrate him.)

Euphemania is quite enjoyable to read and provides the answer to why some of the common phrases in our language have become so popular.  Often humorous, it's a fun read for anyone who appreciates the English language. 

We were provided a copy of Euphemania for review by the publisher Little Brown/Hachette Book Group, and are fortunate to be able to offer a copy to one winner in our giveaway. 

If you want a chance (or more than one) at winning this very interesting book, here's all you have to do:

For one entry, follow us.  (If you already follow us, leave a comment and tell us you're already a follower!)

For another entry, comment beneath this post.

And for five entries, post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to us.  (Just let us know so we can go visit your blog.)

The winner will be announced on Thursday, December 23 and the name will be forwarded to the Hachette Book Group, which will then send the lucky winner a copy.

Good luck!


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  3. I'm already a follower - this one looks great!

  4. I'm a new follower and would love a chance to win this great book.

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  5. This book would be such a fun read and I would love to win and read it.

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  7. I entered yesterday and I guess my comment did not go through.
    Hopefully, today it will.
    This book sounds like fun and I would like to win and read it.

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  10. Thank you to everyone who entered! Moira and I will be choosing the winner later today and notifying that person through email.



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