In order to refer to the activity denoted by the F-word, it is necessary to engage in circumlocution or periphrasis .
a rather pompous periphrasis
The parodic cupid's dart is described with the maximum of periphrasis compatible with not actually disguising what the organ is, ‘a piece of flesh, the characteristic part of a barrow-pig’.
This isn't what ‘ineffable’ means: she's using it as a fancy periphrasis for ‘unspeakable’, but its orientation is exactly the opposite.
Such recondite periphrasis brought its own reward.
When Johnson refers to his mind as ‘Summus… celsa dominator [in] arce ’, the elaborate periphrasis mockingly dramatizes the blustery ‘empty force’ of his mind's pretensions.
Can one be an avid fan of a book - or is this lazy-minded periphrasis for ‘favourite’?
His deliberate translationese, his consciously awkward periphrases , and yes, his fart jokes suggest that all language, or all poetry, might be as artificial and arbitrary as his own: why not redo ‘Where are the snows of yesteryear?’
We intentional animals keep falling into the trap of mistaking the periphrases for the facts.
Her dread is so great that at the end of her progress she does not even allow his name to pass her lips and uses periphrases to talk of him.