A Load of Fiddle Faddle Old Sport
A euphemism is a word or phrase that is substituted when a subject is considered to be: personal, taboo, offensive, or sometimes even just for amusement. Euphemisms appear to be a universal aspect of language and cultures; and can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, who used euphemisms when referring to the various gods or deities, as their names were considered too holy to say out loud. During the Regency era which was generally the period between 1795-1830 (others say 1810-1820), euphemisms reached a ridiculous level, not only amongst the gentry, but amongst the poorer classes. Each group had their own words and jargon, which had their own particular appeal, be it elegant or amusing.