What is euphemisms?
A euphemism is a word you use to make something sound less offensive or bad. For example, instead of saying, "That girl is a stripper," you might say "That girl is an exotic dancer." Exotic dancer would be a euphemism for stripper.
It is particularly in Antigone's last scene that euphemisms are found in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.). Specifically, euphemisms are round about ways of discussing delicate or heart wrenching topics. For example, Theban Princess Antigone offers euphemisms for death. For example, she speaks of Hades giving sleep to mortals. She then talks of setting forth on her last trip, which is a euphemism for death.
Are there Euphemisms in American Sign Language For example I know that Lexicalized Fingerspelling is used instead of signing something vulgar Any examples of this?
Do taboos and euphemisms serve any socially useful purpose or are they just remnants of Dark Ages thinking?
In a way. Euphemisms soften a harsh term while an understatement represents the original concept in a way that lessens its meaning. Sometimes these can overlap. For example, a person might refer to themselves as sick even though they are dying. However, most euphemisms such as passed away convey the full meaning of the word but present it in a much more gentle way.
According to the Related Link: "This phrase and phrases like "for Pete's sake" are euphemisms for the phrases "for the love of God/Christ" or "for God's/Christ's sake" and hail from a time when those phases were considered blasphemous. Nowadays phrases like "for the love of God" are commonly used, but the euphemisms are still used. Why Pete? Most likely it is a reference to the catholic Saint Peter." Cus its funneh