A Dictionary of Euphemisms & Other Doubletalk by Hugh Rawson

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Hillier Krieghbaum, Pressures on the Press, 1972) Variations on the "barnyard epithet" theme, also used at different times by the Times, include barnyard vulgarity (one was attributed to White House Press Secretary Jody Powell on 3/23/77), henhouse epithet (chickenshit, presumably, let fly by South Dakota Senator James G. Abourezk, 1/2/79), and cow-pasture vulgarism (used by a defense attorney to characterize the government's Abscam investigation, 8/20/80). For more about cleaning up the barnyard, see BS and ROOSTER.

See also CAPITAL PUNISHMENT and INTERROGATION. aversion therapy. The use of pain and/or fear to persuade a person to change his or her behavior,- also called behavior modification. Typically, aversion therapy involves electric shocks or forced vomiting. The idea is that the "patient" will associate the pain with the undesirable behavior, come to regard that behavior pattern as repugnant, and then change it. The technique is used in many up-to-date CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES and MENTAL HOSPITALS. " And it doesn't always work.

From Geoffrey Chaucer's The Miller's Tale (ca. 1387-1400), in which a young man bestows a dreadfully misplaced kiss—in the dark: With his mouth he kiste hir naked ers Ful savourly, er he were war of this Toward the end of the seventeenth century, polite people began to avoid 20 artificial dentures the word. , "I'm going to whip his ," which was how the New York Times reported President Jimmy Carter's estimate of how he would handle a challenge by Sen. Edward M. , Massachusetts) for the Democratic presidential nomination (6/14/79).

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