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I have to make flashcards for my AP Lang class, but I can't find what a "mock euphemism" is anywhere. Can anyone help?

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    You know euphemism - a "nice" way of saying something unpleasant, e.g. "passed away" instead of "died". A mock euphemism would be a sarcastic turn of phrase that looks like a euphemism at first glance, but is in fact nastier than the original phrase it replaces: e.g. "assumed room temperature" instead of "died".
    – MT_Head
    Nov 19, 2013 at 7:40
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    "Where's Dunbar?" Yossarian wanted to know."They disappeared him." "What do you mean they disappeared him? Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Dunbar was deliberately killed)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 19, 2013 at 7:54
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    @MT_Head: You should post that as an answer.
    – SF.
    Nov 19, 2013 at 8:30
  • Room temperature IQ (worse in countries using Celsius)
    – mplungjan
    Nov 19, 2013 at 9:08
  • Or, as the Austrian uhlans did to Marechal Berthier June 1, 1815: "They defenestrated him." Which is to say, deposited him head-down outside the glass of the 3rd floor window, with force. Nov 20, 2013 at 4:44

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A euphemism is a "nice" way of saying something unpleasant, e.g. "passed away" instead of "died".

A mock euphemism would be a sarcastic turn of phrase that looks like a euphemism at first glance, but is in fact nastier than the original phrase it replaces: e.g. "assumed room temperature" instead of "died".

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This should be a comment, rather than an answer. But since I can't format the comment correctly, here's a quote from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Slartibartfast: You must come with me.

Arthur Dent: Who are you?

Slartibartfast: What? No. My name's not important. You must come with me, or you'll be late.

Arthur Dent: Late for what?

Slartibartfast: Well, um, what's your name Earthman?

Arthur Dent: Dent. Arthur Dent.

Slartibartfast: Well, late as in the late Dentarthurdent.

It's a sort of threat. You see?

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