Euphemania: Our Love Affair With Euphemisms

Ralph Keyes’ Euphemania: Our Love Affair With Euphemisms (Little, Brown and Co., 2010) will delight anyone who loves words, their origins and the way that they reflect cultural intentions, subterfuges and biases. Keyes defines euphemisms as words or phrases substituted for ones that make us uneasy: sexual activity, body parts and secretions, war and killing, money, physical and mental disabilities, even food (Rocky Mountain oysters, anyone?). And, of course, politicians employ them. Nevada’s own Senate Taxation Committee has now morphed into a Revenue Committee. Enjoy!

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If you haven’t treated yourself to the evening view of the Strip from Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar, do it now, because there is serious (and free) live music going on. Four nights a week, the top jazz and salsa artists in Las Vegas are performing in this posh, secluded and acoustically first-rate hot spot. On Wednesdays, you get to hear drummer Brian Czach’s razor-sharp trio; Thursdays, you can catch trumpeter Chandler Judkins’ punchy quartet; on Fridays, there’s nothing better than hearing the suave jazz stylings of The Definitives. All of these bands are great.

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