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Weekend Word Wrap: Euphemisms

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In the beginning there was the word"¦ you just couldn't say it. That's right, euphemisms can be traced all the way back to the Bible, to the Ten Commandments, to be more exact, where the Hebrews were specifically instructed not to take their Lord's name in vain.

The Greeks, too, were forbidden to say the name of some of their gods and goddess, though generally the ones who ruled the darker world, like Hecate, goddess of sorcery and witchcraft, who later went on to become Trivia to the Romans. (How's that for some trivia for you?)

But the Jews took the idea of leaving out the Lord's name a step further and not only developed euphemisms like Ha'shem (literally "the name") and YHVH or Yahweh, adding in the missing vowels, but started writing the word "god" like this: G-d. Likewise, many people think Christians started saying "Gee whiz" in place of the name Jesus.

A euphemism, or "good speech" in Greek, is the opposite of blaspheme, or "not so good speech," and is generally used these days to talk around uncomfortable subjects, otherwise known as circumlocution.

Whether we're talking war-related deaths, sorry, "casualties," or toxic pollution, er, "runoff," variations on euphemisms, like doublespeak and wordplay, often save people a lot of embarrassment. Mental hospitals are "Acorn Academies," an unwanted child is "an accident," and menstruation is sometimes referred to as a "visit from Aunt Flo."

Shakespeare was a big fan of them, especially when it came to talking about the biggest taboo of all, copulation. One of my favorites is "to line" and comes from the play As You Like It (hilarious title, given the subject at hand!):

Winter garments must be lined, So must slender Rosaline.

Then there are all those modern-day *wink* *wink*ers for sex, like "hide the salami," or "throw the leg." And a pantload for what we do in the bathroom, like "dropping the kids off at the pool."

As always, we'd love to hear your personal favs on politics, death, and sure, why not, sex.

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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