A euphemism is a word or phrase that replaces language that might be viewed as so harsh or so real as to be potentially offensive with softer, less-direct language.Originally Posted by amazingme1818
A veterinarian talks of "putting Blackie to sleep" rather than "killing Blackie". One might say Susan is "in the family way" to avoid saying Susan is pregnant. Although it depends on how broadly one views euphemisms, one encounters euphemisms every day.
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