Abstract:In recent years, researchers at home and abroad have attached great importance to the studies about the communicational function of euphemism. Accordingly, various studies on the communicational function of euphemism have been evoked both in the foreign countries and in China. Nevertheless, most of these studies focused their attention mainly on the functions of etiquette, dissemblance and evasion. Therefore, this study attempts to analyze communicative function of euphemism from Forrest Gump so that people can learn how to use euphemism properly in cross-cultural communication. Euphemism is a commonly linguistic phenomenon in cross-culture communication, in which people can get satisfied expression effect by studying the communicational functions of euphemism.
In this study, the paper will research into five communicative functions of euphemism including the etiquette, encouragement, education, evasion and dissemblance based on the five examples in Forrest Gump which not only allow people to have a more comprehensive understanding of the communicational functions of euphemism, but also know how to make good use of euphemism in different background and environment. People can use the proper euphemism to minimize hurt to people and to achieve the purpose of effective communication, which also help people clear the communication barriers in cross-culture communication and make contribution to successful communication.
Key word：euphemism; communicational functions; Forrest Gump; cross-culture