“A euphemism replaces an objectionable, disagreeable, or coarse word or phrase with an agreeable or unobjectionable one.”The woman at the bakeshop is chubby, not fat.Employees are downsized instead of fired.I may be described vertically challenged instead of short.What great comfort…
Although euphemisms allow writers, speakers, us, to be inoffensive and polite, these also distort meanings or hide facts. And, “Omissions are betrayals.”
Euphemisms can be comforting.But what comfort is found in lies and cover-ups? What reassurance can we get in things we don’t know? Truth transcends fleeting emotions, such as loneliness, excitement, and sometimes, even love.
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”