Vocab Builder: Say What You Mean

Euphemisms are handy words or phrases that can make something wretched sound not so bad. Mark Peters collects euphemisms for Visual Thesaurus, of which these are but a few. (Mark also collects one-hit-wonder words and absurd comparisons, but those are for another day.)

  • Disinvest, verb: to make cuts, usually unpopular ones, in a budget.

They’ll make up the money by ‘disinvesting’: firing teachers, putting off maintenance on public buildings, shutting libraries. —Atlantic

Eight journalists — along with 19 circulation, accounting and advertising employees — retired from The News on Friday, taking advantage of an enhanced-pension offer by News management. —Buffalo News

Fiber One cereals help you to achieve your fiber goals by bringing unique flavors and fiber together for a delicious, satisfying taste experience. –Fiber One cereal box

It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions… and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension. — Charlie Sheen (you knew a Sheen-ism was going to show up here somewhere, right?)

At the Collegiate Institute of Indiana, a student who is expelled is said to get the mitten. –From the files of The OED

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About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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