is a word or phrase that is used in place of some other word or phrase that is
deemed to be too harsh for “polite society.”
Unfortunately, however, euphemisms
are misleading because, in part, they lack the bluntness that truth
brings. In lacking that bluntness, they
allow things to be misconstrued, misunderstood and worse, ignored.
A recent newspaper op-ed identified two euphemisms that had me silently screaming. One was an official euphemism started by the United Way in this region. A.L.I.C.E. A nice female name that stands for “Asset Read more