Euphemisms


“A nice way to talk about something bad.” 

I’m really not a big fan of euphemisms. George Carlin has a great routine on them. He claims they hide the truth. Euphemisms soften things. I agree. Torture morphed to ‘enhanced interrogation’, and the dump became ‘the landfill’. Your doc is now your ‘health care provider’. Why? Have you ever actually read ‘the riot act’? Consider these euphemisms below:


   Examples of how euphemisms have attempted to soften reality.

It seems like it’s getting harder and harder to speak clearly and simply. To say what you do and do what you say. Be careful … “it’s the quiet ones you gotta watch”.


Why is it important to be critical of euphemisms? This trend to make reality seem somehow lighter, softer, is insidious. It reeks of political correctness. There is a plethora of words that I dare not use when communicating and blogging. Some of them I miss. We’re going down the tubes. What do you think?