A Comparative Study on English and Chinese Euphemisms from Cross-cultural Perspective

Rongqian Wang


Inevitably, awkward remarks are made in human interactions, and the appropriate use of euphemisms can be an effective solution to this problem. Not only is euphemism a common and widespread linguistic phenomenon, with a large number of euphemisms in both English and Chinese, but it is also a cultural phenomenon with deep cultural connotations. This article analyses the similarities and differences between English and Chinese euphemisms and the reasons behind them with the help of comparative analysis. The purpose of this paper is to make a comparative analysis of English and Chinese euphemisms, so that people can understand the differences and similarities between English and Chinese euphemisms, and master the correct communication strategies of cross-cultural euphemisms, so as to help people communicate correctly and effectively across cultures, improve the cross-cultural communication ability, and promote the communication and development between China and the West.


English-Chinese euphemisms; comparative analysis; cross-cultural communication

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