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What other euphemisms can someone use in other terms like "used" goods?

Asked by ladyv900 (713points) November 4th, 2010

Such as the term the term preowned automobile.

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diavolobella's avatar

Second hand
Gently loved (lol)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Broken in

GeorgeGee's avatar

Pre-tested, vintage, classic, demo unit.

Blueroses's avatar

A local bakery offers “mature pastries” at a discount.

mistic84's avatar

I would say “thoroughly tested.”

Likeradar's avatar

I saw a shop selling “retro and encore bridal gowns.”

Trillian's avatar

Sloppy seconds?

janbb's avatar

doggy-bagged goods

Lightlyseared's avatar

I saw book shop selling “pre read” books.

gailcalled's avatar

I don’t think you mean “euphemisms,” which means to replace a word with something more delicate, less direct or less offensive.

A classic example is to replace “die” with “pass on.” The Victorians never called those wooden things that pianos rest on “legs,” either.

You are talking about the plain vanilla synonym.

Blueroses's avatar

I think looking for a replacement term for “used” or “old” exactly fits with being “less direct”.
Source OED: from Greek euphemizein “speak with fair words,”

I believe the OPs usage is correct, though synonym could also work.

janbb's avatar

Yes, I think the OP is looking for more “polite” ways to say it.

gailcalled's avatar

I would again say that “euphemism” serves a different purpose than “synonym.”

“He passed on” is not the same, linguistically as “he died.”

“Used” goods seems neither impolite nor offensive to me.

gailcalled's avatar

However, I would very much like to find a euphemism for “grammar nazi,” which I find offensive and inappropriate.

If someone makes a mistake when s/he writes code, does the person who corrects the error get labeled as a “program nazi”? “Nazi,” to me is a really loaded word which should be used very selectively.

JonnyCeltics's avatar

gently used.





Do what advertisers do. Describe it’s abilities, not its downfalls.

6rant6's avatar

Not exactly on point, but a brilliant marketing coup. They really did this. They took the broken dog biscuits off a production line, put them in a shiny package, and labeled it,

“Presnapped biscuits”

Joybird's avatar

Are we talking “used goods” as in someone calling a woman that? Cause darlin I’ve had someone say to me that they heard I had some mileage on me….I told them…honey, they call me a classic model. People line up at Mecums to bid on a prize like me!

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled I agree with you. The terrm “Nazi” is thrown around far too casually these days.

anartist's avatar

Seinfeld started it.

janbb's avatar

@anartist Yes, he did and it was a very cute conceit but I still decry the trivialization of the word.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

You do realize that the above subject has already been beaten to death on another question this week…yes?

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Well Loved
Like New

Zyx's avatar

Aged, fashionably eroded

@gailcalled & @janbb

Taboos are not healthy.

gailcalled's avatar

@Zyx: Who mentioned taboos? We were talking about usage and the resonance and power of certain words. @janbb talked about trivialization, which is a perfect description of using Nazi and Gestapo lightheartedly.

Zyx's avatar

@gailcalled And I’m saying that there’s nothing wrong with using any term in any context, the only thing that matters is the message conveyed. And this “resonance” you speak of is only fortified by people scaring away from words that might offend anyone. When words like Nazi and Gestapo are used lightheartedly it will often result in a metaphor because of the original meaning of the word. These are things that exist in language and nothing is exempt from it. Freedom of speech etc.

And with people being able to say anything, disaproving in hindsight is almost delusional. Other than whether you like it or not is just a matter of taste and even you can think whatever you want. I’ll even break rule no.1 and tell you you can do anything.

gailcalled's avatar

Call me a kike or a yid. Call my friends niggers, polacks, mics…no one will mind. No one will take offense, no one will respond in an unreasonable manner. It’s just a matter of taste.

Jokes about gas chambers, lynching, gulags and the Klan are also hilarious, particularly when used as metaphor.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@gailcalled @Zyx Seriously guys, this subject was already beaten to death on last week.

Please drop it and go back to making relevant comments on the current question.

Zyx's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate You’re right, though I was done.

gailcalled's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate: Would that it had been beaten to death. Apparently, and sadly, no

Question you mentioned was asked over a week before the pejorative (and not euphemistic) term re-appeared.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@gailcalled It really doesn’t matter. You want to bitch about the usage of “Nazi” then please do so on the other question, or post a question to deal specifically with the problems other jellies have with using the word, instead of hijacking this question which had nothing to do with it.

seazen's avatar

Was mine, now it’s yours.

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