Speaking in Euphemisms - Long before Huck ever used the word borrowing in place of stealing, people used euphemisms to downplay or amplify, to camouflage the forbidden, or to dress up the unseemly. They're still doing so today.
Guess the meaning to the following:
revenue enhancement =
post-verdict response =
ethnic cleansing =
comparative ads =
state of armed conflict =
gone home to his father =
go fly a kite =
intellectually challenged =
Can you think of other current euphemisms related to politics, or everyday living? List as many as you can.
In general, are euphemisms bad for us? Do they ever perform a positive service?