Boosing shed

Figure of speech. After Stephen proposes that the gathering in the newspaper office "do now adjourn" to a place where alcohol may be consumed, Lenehan asks, "To which particular boosing shed?... My casting vote is: Mooney's!" Mooney's was a respectable pub on Lower Abbey Street, so calling it a boozing shed demeans it. There is a rhetorical term for this kind of linguistic debasement: tapinosis.

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