Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The 12 Most Horrifically Misleading Euphemisms

Another article on Cracked, this one's on euphemisms. I had a lot of trouble finishing up with this one, mostly because I never felt that the writing was strong enough. Finally, I gave up and sent what I had to the editor at Cracked.

Lo and behold it wasn't edited any more than any of my other articles. I choose to interpret that as a good thing, which requires that I ignore contradictory evidence.

Euphemisms are terms that frame reality in just the right way, protecting everyone involved from the necessary unpleasantness. As you'll see, euphemisms are sometimes invented to hide even the most horrifying of things.

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