Euphemisms

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A euphemism is a substitution for an expression that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver, using instead an agreeable or less offensive expression, or to make it less troublesome for the speaker.

Some euphemisms are intended to amuse, while others are created to mislead.

When a phrase is used as a euphemism, it often becomes a metaphor whose literal meaning is dropped. Euphemisms may be used to hide unpleasant or disturbing ideas, even when the literal term for them is not necessarily offensive. This type of euphemism is used in public relations and politics, where it is sometimes called doublespeak. Sometimes the use of euphemisms is equated to politeness. There are also superstitious euphemisms, based (consciously or subconsciously) on the idea that words have the power to bring bad fortune, and there are religious euphemisms, based on the idea that some words are holy, or that some words are spiritually perilous (taboo; see etymology).

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    One asset that will no longer be riding up and down in the elevator of car app company Lyft next week will be its Chief Operating Officer. One can safely conclude that Travis VanderZanden’s departure was acrimonious, because it was accompanied by one of those euphemisms for total breakdown in managerial relations: Read more on this news related to 'Euphemisms'
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    “Big Tiger” is gone. “Master Kang” has disappeared. The various euphemisms Chinese media have used to describe a once powerful domestic security czar are no longer necessary, after the Communist Party announced on Tuesday that it had launched a corruption investigation into Zhou Yongkang. ... Read more on this news related to 'Euphemisms'
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    Constable Dogberry in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing mangles every word he utters – and so do many business leaders. Read more on this news related to 'Euphemisms'

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