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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:38 pm 
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To use your own example, Sal, neither [pink rose] nor [rose colour] are commonly-used set phrases/euphemisms with specific meanings. [sanitary product] is. (of course [product pilot] is also a reasonably set phrase, but not nearly as common as [sanitary product] in everyday life, unless you work in sales or marketing)

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I generally forget to say, so if it's relevant and I don't mention it--I'm from Southern Michigan and speak Inland North American English. Yes, I have the Northern Cities Vowel Shift; no, I don't have the cot-caught merger; and it is called pop.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:29 pm 
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For whatever it's worth, I wasn't sure whether "sanitary product" could also mean napkins or something.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:03 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:35 pm 
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I don't know about Britons.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:58 pm 
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For me, nappy is the only word for them. I would never think of nappies when hearing napkin, though.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:20 am 
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I know the euphemism, but sanitary product for me is usually a toilet cleaner or a spray.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:23 am 
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So I did have a plausible reason to think "sanitary product" might be ambiguous! Thanks, mèþru! :)


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Sorry, Vijay, but my usage of English is bizarre enough that I probably don't count. :-D

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