- anything taboo beginning with the letter DUsually damn, damned, damnable, and the like which used to be less socially acceptable in polite speech than they are today:And at last he flung out in his violent way, and said, with a D, 'Then do as you like.' (C. Dickens, 1861)The big D is death:The systematic encroachment of the big D. (le Carré, 1980)
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.