Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Euphemisms

Euphemisms are pretend synonyms. They are used to be kinder or politically correct but succeed at the expense of strength and accuracy.

C.S. Lewis wrote a book titled, The Problem of Pain in 1940. If he wrote it today it would be titled The Difficulty with Discomfort.

The book would not be read because the euphemistic title.

There are other euphemisms that make bad things sound innocent or even good.

Here are three:

Gay
Affair
White Lie

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