Ralph Keyes http://wyso.org en Book Nook: Euphemania - Our Love Affair with Euphemisms, Ralph Keyes (Part 2) http://wyso.org/post/book-nook-euphemania-our-love-affair-euphemisms-ralph-keyes-part-2 <p><span class="article-content"><span>In the second part of my interview with Ralph Keyes we discuss why we do it - why we use so many euphemisms. We have some very good reasons and some bad ones.<br /><br />We say and hear euphemisms every day. They enhance our conversations but they also can disguise what we really are trying to say.<br /><br />Ralph Keyes is the author of 16 books. A graduate of Antioch College, Keyes hosted a music show on WYSO back in 1962. He is on the board of the Antioch Writer&#39;s Workshop. He lives in Yellow Springs. </span></span></p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:37:00 +0000 Vick Mickunas 2052 at http://wyso.org Book Nook: Euphemania - Our Love Affair with Euphemisms, Ralph Keyes (Part 2) Book Nook: Euphemania - Our Love Affair with Euphemisms, Ralph Keyes (Part 1) http://wyso.org/post/book-nook-euphemania-our-love-affair-euphemisms-ralph-keyes-part-1 <p><span class="article-content"><span>Euphemistic language is a staple of polite conversation. We use euphemisms to dance around delicate subjects. We say someone has &quot;passed away&quot; when we don&#39;t wish to say that they have died. We refer to the &quot;restroom&quot; when we don&#39;t want to say that we are headed off to the toilet. The term &quot;friendly fire&quot; is a military euphemism for the unfortunate occasions when soldiers have killed their fellow soldiers by mistake.<br /> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 16:10:00 +0000 Vick Mickunas 2051 at http://wyso.org Book Nook: Euphemania - Our Love Affair with Euphemisms, Ralph Keyes (Part 1)