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Euphemism is an innocuous, vague or less distressing word or expression that replaces one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant. Euphemisms are typically offered to placate those who are physically or emotionally distressed by a problem rather than to solve the problem itself.

policy realm euphemism truth source
Air Transport anomaly hair hairing near disaster Mark Gerchick. 2013. Full Upright and Locked Position. New York: W.W. Norton. p.87
Air Transport bumpiness turbulence Mark Gerchick. 2013. Full Upright and Locked Position. New York: W.W. Norton. p.87
Air Transport rain shower storm Mark Gerchick. 2013. Full Upright and Locked Position. New York: W.W. Norton. p.87
Air Transport unplanned arrival emergency landing Mark Gerchick. 2013. Full Upright and Locked Position. New York: W.W. Norton. p.87
Business activist shareholder corporate raider Michael Hudson. 2015. Killing the Host. ISLET Verlag. Pp. 119-124
Business aggressively retiring slaughter livestock
Business certified pre-owned car used car
Business churn willingness of insurance premium payers to change carriers
Business customer service platform for selling other services and wasting your time while pretending to respond to problems in what customers have already purchased - for example AT&T
Business price optimization charging insurance premium the highest possible prices
Business relationship manager corporate billing and payment flunky
Business robust patient-assistance program subsidies given to some indigent patients chosen by Big Pharma to access life saving pharmaceuticals in an effort to dodge accusations of price gouging and continue to drain all other patients of their life savings
Criminal Justice awkward squad (British-ism) dissidents and trouble-makers
Criminal Justice launched into eternity execution V.A. Gatrell. 1994(1996). The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770-1868. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 29.
Criminal Justice the law to take its course denial of clemency from judicial decision to execute the defendant by the British Home Secretary V.A. Gatrell. 1994(1996). The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770-1868. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 29.
Death becoming a god Mongol evasion for the words "death" or "dying" Jack Weatherford. Genghis Khan and the Quest for God. New York: Viking, 2016. p. 276.
Economics job creator capitalist MoveOn.org
Economics partially proficient incompetent
Education entrepreneurs of the self individuals or parents who have to pay or borrow to send their children to university Slavoj Žižek. Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism. London: Verso. p. 45.
Education totalitarian science Darwinian Evolution
Employment downsize layoff, mass termination Frederic Lordon. 2014. Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desire. London: Verso.
Employment paycheck protection union dues ban Frederic Lordon. 2014. Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desire. London: Verso.
Employment restructure layoff, mass termination Frederic Lordon. 2014. Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desire. London: Verso.
Employment workforce adjustment layoff, mass termination Frederic Lordon. 2014. Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desire. London: Verso.
Environment biospheric warming climate change
Environment deliverables "scientific" papers used to support climate denial scientific papers extruded by Willie Soon
Environment nuisance flooding climate change one of the euphemisms used by Florida State Officials, where the term has been censored by Republican Gov. Rick Scott
Environment traditional ammunition polluting led ammunition
Environment volume reduction unit town dump
Espionage creeps G-2 (Army Intelligence) at the Manhattan Project Stephen Helgartner, et al. Nukespeak: The Selling of Nuclear Technology in America. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England, 1982. p. 26.
Gender Violence eve teasing (also street harassment) sexual harassment
Gender Violence taken to the cassava patch Fijian euphemism for rape
Identity Politics American East Coast German populist Right/neo-fascist reference to Jewish Americans Britta Schellenberg. 2013, "Developments within the Radical Right in Germany: Discourses, Attitudes and Actors," in Ruth Wodak, et al, editors, Right-Wing Populism in Europe. London: Bloomsbury.
Identity Politics confederate heritage racist symbol (American South)
Politics continental origin African-American Steve King Ferguson Rioters/Protesters are not Racially Profiled
Identity Politics people of Anatolia Armenian Bedross Der Matossian. 2014. Shattered Dreams of Revolution. Stanford University Press. p. 140
Medical healthy thin
Immigration closed accomodation center Israeli concentration camp for African migrants Max Blumenthal. 2013. Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. New York: Nation Books. p. 337. Amazon.com page
Information neutrality whatever Wikipedia decides to privilege
Migration "taking the back way" fleeing Gambia to escape tyranny and poverty The Crack in Gambia's Smile BBC
News update correction
Nuclear Power activity at sea radioactive contamination detected by U.S. Navy in the Pacific (Fukushima) David Lochbaum, et al., 2014. Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Accident. New York: The New Press. p. 68
Nuclear Power normal aberration partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor's core (Three Mile Island)
Nuclear Power energetic disassembly large release of radioactive contamination (Chernobyl)
Nuclear Power rapid oxidation large release of radioactive contamination (Chernobyl)
Politics adult conversation conservative demand that liberal opponents concede the scope of some negotiation before it has even begun
Politics alt-right white supremacist/neo-fascist What the Alt-Right Really Means
Politics amalgamation 19th century racist term describing interracial marriage
Politics American Investment in Israel U.S. foreign aid to Israel - Former Israeli diplomat Yoram Ettinger urges American Zionists to use of this deceptive language
Politics aspirational worker proletarians who can be fooled into voting against their own class interests Trump spokesface Anthony Scaramucci
Politics badass audacity unrestrained by ordinary human decency Donald John Trump's son in law Jared Kushner reveals the moral vacuum where his soul should be
Politics building houses U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's description of Israeli settlements on land seized from Palestinians in the West Bank
Politics civility censoring any discourse or activism critical of Israel on university or college campuses
Politics confirmed bachelor gay Lindsey Graham
Politics bomb throwing rhetorical outbidding
Politics combative asshole
Politics conquer labor Zionist exclusion of Palestinians from the labor market in Ottoman Palestine Gershon Shafir. 1996. Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914. Berkeley: University of California Press, p. 55.
Politics correction facility prison
Politics "dedication by our legislature" moronic conservative Republican rebranding of gas tax increase in Georgia tax increase
Politics demographically symbolic (See Obama Derangement Syndrome Black, African-American
Politics deportable immigrant
Politics economically disadvantaged poor
Politics efficiency savings description of defense department budgets cuts by the British government of PM David Cameron
Politics English language learners immigrants AJ Kern GOP congressional candidate
Politics enlightened potentate dictator willing to do business with Big Business Helmut Schmidt's description of Vladimir Putin in 2003
Politics experiment in colonialism half century of U.S. imperial occupation High White. 2013. The China Choice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 16.
Politics fair share fee union dues
Politics food stamp president African-American President of the United States, condemnation by race baiting Republicans Newt’s Faulty Food-Stamp Claim
Politics former people pre-revolutionary elites in the Soviet Union Alexander Vatkin. Agents of Terror: Ordinary Men and Extraordinary Violence in Stalin's Secret Police. University of Wisconsin Press, 2016. page 90.
Politics free choices decisions imposed on those who are often unqualified or who lack either sufficient information or time for information processing; see Blaming the victim Slavoj Žižek. Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism. London: Verso. p. 45.
Politics going to Switzerland assisted suicide
Politics honest and shared solutions making state public employees pay more for their retirement after underfunding their retirement fund
Politics human biodiversity supposed differences in intelligence across races
Politics inappropriate racist
Politics investigation denunciation
Politics lack of inclusion racial and ethnic discrimination
Politics lack of governing experience profound ignorance
Politics military scholars conspiracists
Politics misspoke lied
Politics national initiative fear based gun marketing campaign by the NRA
Politics national requirements Congressional testimony public sector/government owned
Politics nuclear deterrent "our" nuclear weapons
Politics on the ground anywhere outside a television broadcast news studio
Politics open for business political suppression of environmental, antitrust and consumer safety regulation; political repression of organized labor and indigenous rights rhetoric of Trumpism
Politics out of left field racism Paul Ryan Says Trump’s Trademark Racist Comments Are ‘Out Of Left Field’
Politics post-menopausal old woman characterization reflecting both ageism plus sexism
Politics pragmatism opportunism, careerism, drift
Politics repeal and replace repeal What's Behind the Healthcare Rate Hikes Daily Kos
Politics real reason wingnut conspiracy theory
Politics regime foreign government deemed worthy of being overthrown by the English language press
Politics seasoned bland, conventional, and utterly unimaginative foreign policy makers
Politics Seventh Floor Office of the U.S. Secretary of State
Politics sexualized unprofessional behavior accusation of predatory behavior deployed by feminist elites to drive men from positions of responsibility
Politics smile ambassador university deputized busybody
Politics soul service Mongol religious tax imposed for the upkeep of monasteries and care for the elderly Jack Weatherford. Genghis Khan and the Quest for God. New York: Viking, 2016. p. 90.
Politics strategic bulk purchases cheating to put a book on the best seller list
Politics tax burden taxes owed, typically by the affluent
Politics tax relief lowered taxes, typically on the affluent
Politics Team Australia Australian Patriotism
Politics thickening Israeli PM Menachem Begin's description of expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank in 1979
Politics values Islamophobia and Homophobia
Politics War on Christianity Conservative description of resistance to Conservative violation of the separation of church and state
Politics wide stance closeted gay
Politics work stoppage strike
Public Safety beach oriented stay out of the shark infested water
Religion be taken home (Swedish: att tas hem) murder (Knutby Filadelfia Pentocostal church)
Religion coming home (Swedish: att komma hem) murder (Knutby Filadelfia Pentocostal church)
Religion departure death in ritual mass suicide (Heaven's Gate Cult)
Religion human vehicle human body (Heaven's Gate Cult)
Religion minister to the need televangelist pitch for money disguised as a prayer
Riot Control chemical agent tear gas
Sex boorish sexual assault Small Town Georgia Evangelical Pastor Says Yes You Can Vote For Donald 'Grab Them By The Pussy' Trump
Sex boundary challenged stalker Working for Caligula episode of Two and a Half Men, 2006.
Sex compensated dating or Enjo Kosai Japanese 'school girl' prostitution Japan Schoolgirl Cafes
Sex fapped masturbation Stealing Celebrity
Sex genetic sexual attraction incest Disgusted by incest? Genetic Sexual Attraction is Real and On the Rise The Telegraph.
Sex intergenerational relationships paedophilia Simon Dnaczuk and Matthew Baker. 2014. Smile for the Camera. London: Biteback, p. 256.
Sex little red wagon vagina Most Alarming Vagina Euphemism
Sex horizontal collaboration sleeping with the enemy Simon Peregi. " Jurys d'honneur : The Stakes and Limits of Purges Among Jews in France After Liberation, Edited by Laura Jockusch and Gabriel N. Finder, Jewish Honor Courts: Revenge, Retribution, and Reconciliation in Europe and Israel After the Holocaust. Detroit: Wayne State university Press, 2015. p. 139
Sex watching badgers public sex with a stranger Moments of Madness That Ruined Ron Davies
Sex whip Chinese euphemism for penis
Spycraft detainee prisoner
Spycraft activities incompatible with their legitimate function espionage
Spycraft the intelligence community the national security state Lynne Olson. 2014. Those Angry Days. New York: Random House, p. 334.
State Terror anal cavity exams conducted with “excessive force” sodomy as political violence, torture Gitmo detainee granted rectal surgery after CIA ‘torture by sodomy’ RT. October 13, 2016.
State Terror enhanced interrogation techniques torture
State Terror executive action assassination
State Terror extra-judicial punishment assassination
State Terror focused preemption assassination by Israeli forces
State Terror focused obstruction political assassination perpetrated by Israeli secret agents
State Terror Happy Purim Israeli Defense Force harassment operations that use stun grenades to keep Palestinian villagers awake all night Breaking the Silence. Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies From the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010. London: Picador, Pp. 16-17.
State Terror judicial jihad due process right to legal counsel consistent with the rule of law Sister of 'Slain' Sept. 11 Firefighter: Guatananmo Defender's Waging Judicial Jihad
State Terror Kubohoza (to help liberate) rape as political violence Dina Temple-Raston. Justice on the Grass: Three Rwandan Journalists, Their Trial for War Crimes, and a Nation’s Quest for Redemption. New York: Free Press, 2005. page. 154
State Terror leadership decapitation assassination
State Terror learned helplessness torture used to break the will to resist
State Terror liquidation (khisul) assassination
State Terror long distance hot pursuit assassination
State Terror long term religious fasting hunger strike
State (tolerated) Terror racist lunching necktie party
State Terror neighborhood Benyamin Netanyahu's absurd renaming of the Israeli settlements around Jerusalem
State Terror preemptive killings assassination by Israeli forces
State Terror rectal feeding sodomy as political violence, torture Gitmo detainee granted rectal surgery after CIA ‘torture by sodomy’ RT. October 13, 2016.
State Terror rectal rehydration sodomy as political violence, torture Gitmo detainee granted rectal surgery after CIA ‘torture by sodomy’ RT. October 13, 2016.
State Terror selective targeting assassination
State Terror sterile Palestinian streets, shops and homes closed or seized by the Israeli Defense Force Breaking the Silence. Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies From the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010. London: Picador, Pp. 139-140.
State Terror shtinkerim (stinkers) Palestinian captives who have been turned into Israeli agents
State Terror corporal punishment (ta'zir) torture (shekanjeh) The 1979 Iranian Constitution outlawed torture and so this euphemism had to be devised to continue practicing torture. See pages 284-285 of Michael Axworthy. Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic. Oxford University Press, 2013.
State Terror undoubtedly excessive force massacre
Terrorism Second Amendment Remedies rhetorically threatened assassination by Gun Nuts Republican Sharron Angle: If We Don't Get Our Way Politically, Let's Start Shooting People!
Terrorism unspecified explosion bombing Statement by press spokesperson Ernesto Arbella for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
War air-exclusion zone no fly zone Helene Cooper. "No Agreement Reached on Turkish no-Fly Zone." The New York Times. December 2, 2014. A8.
War boots on the ground deployment of regular U.S. Army or Marine Corps units
War carne asada "decimated bodies in cities like Juarez after mass narco executions"
War combat-proven used against Palestinian civilians
War degrade defeat
War comfort women World War II female sex slaves of the Japanese military
War conflict defenseless slaughter
War cyberwarfare weapon-izing the economy
War force capability on the ground not necessarily American and British ground troops
War introduce nuclear weapons test nuclear weapons (Israel promised U.S. that it would not "be the first to introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East" following Israeli rejection of U.S. request that it allow regular international inspection of its nuclear weapons production facility at Dimona)
War forced entry mission invasion
War lethal aid weapons
War lethal military aid weapons
War manned reconnaissance blockade
War major counter-terrorism operation war
War message force multiplier military propagandist
War melhemet shalom hagalil (Hebrew for war for the safety/peace of the Galilee) 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon Elia Zureik. Israeli's Colonial Project in Palestine. Routledge, 2016. page 76
War police action war
War regional strategy willingness to militarily ally with former enemies, for example with Syria and Iran against ISIS
War send a message threaten
War uninvolved Palestinian civilians
War humanitarian intervention aerial bombardment with or without dropping relief supplies
War neutralized destroyed
War tongue soldier captured to be interrogated Steven Lee Myers. The New Tsar: The Rise and reign of Vladimir Putin. New York: Vintage Books, 2015. page 7.
War Crimes and Genocide Armenians who lost their lives in the context of the early twentieth century 1915 Armenian Genocide "The Message of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Receip Tayyip Erdoğan, on the Events of 1915" Hurriet Daily News. April 23, 2014.
War Crimes and Genocide Great Catastrophe, translation from the Turkish of "medz yeghern" 1915 Armenian Genocide 2009 speech by Barack Obama


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