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A euphemism is a word or phrase that is used in place of some other word or phrase that is deemed to be too harsh for “polite society.” Unfortunately, however, euphemisms are misleading because, in part, they lack the bluntness that truth brings. In lacking that bluntness, they allow things to be misconstrued, misunderstood and worse, ignored. A recent newspaper op-ed identified two euphemisms that had me silently screaming. One was an official euphemism started by the United Way in this region. A.L.I.C.E. A nice female name that stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed Individuals.” Seriously? In other words,.Read the full post.
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