Words at Play : Simple But Intelligent Word Choices, Vol. 2

#6: Euphemism 

Definition:

a mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used in place of one that is offensive or unpleasant

Words It Might Replace:

alternative, "another way of saying"

Example:

"Anyone who's ever lived in a small apartment building full of quirky (usually a euphemism for 'extremely irritating') tenants has probably imagined one of them suddenly found dead or killing somebody else." – Steve Donoghue, Washington Post, July 8, 2011

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