It is a truism that truth works better than deception, as is the fact that honesty is more highly valued than fakery. So why do so many of us rely on the verbal equivalent of these two sins, when talking or writing or delivering sometimes really quite high-profile and important presentations?
Why? Unfortunately, many of us have fallen into the habit of verbal mimicry and laziness that is characterized by the mindless regurgitation and over-use of verbal tics, management gibberish and meaningless faddisms of phrasing.
The worst offender (or equal worst, tied with the buzzword bonanza I hate) is the EUPHEMISM.
So let's tear the euphemism edifice down!
SIDE NOTE: The web defines euphemism as...
"...a generally innocuous word or expression used in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant. Some euphemisms are intended to amuse, while others use bland, inoffensive, and often misleading terms for things the user wishes to dissimulate or downplay."
So - is the euphemism man's convenient replacement for an unpleasant truth?
Or another over-used verbal crutch, misused, abused and over-used the world over by mediocre mealy-mouthed management men who cannot face the facts nor handle the audience reaction / fall-out following receipt of their bad news?
As it nears the close of 2013, and as I am feeling a tad mischievous, I thought I would have a look at some of the euphemisms we all know and love to hate. And give my own - yes, totally my own - interpretations of what the colorful words are really trying to tell you, and yes, my tongue is in my cheek with some of these.