nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

A couple of euphemisms from my childhood

When I was a kid, I'd sometimes hear a person described as "full of soup" as though it was a bad thing, and I couldn't figure it out because what could be bad about being full of soup.

Much later, I deduced that it was a euphemism for "full of shit", though I think the tone was milder than it would be for the original phrase.

There was also mention of an "effing knife" in a Max Shulman novel (a satirist from generations ago, pretty much forgotten, I think). I thought it was some technical sort of a knife, but eventually, it occurred me that it was another euphemism.

The modern taste for actually using curse words has removed a cause for minor ingenuity.

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