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Questions related to alternate ways of expressing harsh ideas in a less unpleasant way.

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Is it true that a word 航空母舰 (lit. "an aircraft carrier") can be used as an euphemism or a joke for a "woman with big breasts" or "plump woman"?

I've seen such a weird translation of a word 航空母舰 in an online dictionary but could not find any actual usage of the word in the described context. Was it a mistake or a kind of a joke?
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How euphemistic is 傢伙?

傢伙 (an example of a Chinese lexeme that does not map bijectively between simplified and traditional characters, the simplified word being 家伙) is translated, in the only translation Wang Xiaobo's work ...
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Is 解决 a common euphemism for going to the bathroom?

In the novel 《天机》, passengers on a bus become ill after eating an unfamiliar dish. They ask the driver to stop the bus, and the male passengers, including the protagonist 叶萧, descend: 【他们】...