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euphemism (YOO-fuh-miz-em) noun
Use of a mild, neutral, evasive, or vague term in place of one considered taboo, offensive, blunt, or unpleasant.
[From Greek euphemismos, from euphemos (auspicious), from eu- (good) + pheme (speaking).]
"Two-and-a-half months after the bombing of Pearl Harbour, President
Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the notorious Executive Order 9066. As a
result, more than 110,000 Japanese, virtually all the Japanese-Americans
on the mainland, were `evacuated to concentration camps' in remote parts
of America's mountain states. The words were his, though they were soon
replaced in official parlance by the euphemism, `reception centres'."
This week's theme: words about words.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)