Many euphemisms are short-lived: they degenerate into dysphemisms [and orthophemisms I through contamination by the taboo topic and they are then replaced.
Shakir al-Ashur'Beirut: Muassasat al-Matbuat al-Arabiyya, 1981]), which, despite expectations, does not offer a discussion and examples of euphemisms and dysphemisms.
The short life of most euphemisms and the process of euphemism degradation--degeneration into dysphemisms and orthophemisms through contamination by the taboo topic and then replacement by other euphemisms--was already observed in the third/ninth century by al-,144.
THE X-PHEMISTIC SET: EUPHEMISM, DYSPHEMISM, ORTHOPHEMISM
To understand properly the function of euphemism (sweet talking) in language, we should think of it as one member of a triad including dysphemism (speaking offensively) and orthophemism (straight talking).
61) Two examples for dysphemism quoted by the anthologist follow:
Hence, as in the prior case, al-Sharif al-Radi rendered his originally neutral or positive idea offensively as a dysphemism.
In sum, al-Khafaji characterizes the poetics of dysphemism as a negative presentation of a neutral or positive idea, contrasted to a neutral or positive presentation of a negative idea in euphemism.
Allan and Burridge, Euphemism and Dysphemism, 15 (note the section "Types of Euphemism.
For the Modern English period we have consulted the entries in Collins COBUILD English dictionary, Longman dictionary of contemporary English, The new Penguin English dictionary and Semi-bilingual dictionary of euphemisms and dysphemisms
in English erotica, but most of our assumptions are based on the information provided by the Oxford English dictionary (hereafter, OED).