A Dictionary of Euphemisms & Other Doubletalk

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The generalized "facility" has numerous benefits. in relation to "toilet," it easily blots out the embarrassment. in the meantime, within the better structural experience, "facility" is also most popular by means of those that detect that they are going to appear to be extra profound if fewer humans comprehend what they are saying. therefore, "sports facility" is most well liked to "sports area" or "stadium, " both of which current a far clearer photograph of what's intended, whereas "ancillary facility," that is how a soldier may possibly describe a "bomb shelter," is particularly tough to overcome. "Facility" additionally has different sights. in place of "building," it's a Latinate time period, and the tropism of double-talkers towards that language is widely known. A nonetheless subtler good thing about "facility" is that it additionally capacity "ease of performance," "ability," and "dexterity. " therefore, "facility" implants the concept that somebody may very well be attaining anything within the construction involved. See additionally constitution, bathroom, and the really expert CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. ninety seven fair reasonable. The dictionary definition of "moderately passable or acceptable,- passably good," is belied via the word's genuine which means in functionality scores of varied types. contemplate the monetary balance rankings in A Shopper's consultant to medical health insurance, issued through the Pennsylvania coverage division: "Stability scores are graded as follows: 0—no recommendations,- 1—fair,- 2—good,- 3—very good,- 4—excellent. The advisor recommends fending off businesses whose score isn't three or four" (New York occasions, 1/3/74). nonetheless extra rococo—it acquired an honorable point out whilst the Committee on Public Doublespeak of the nationwide Council of academics of English passed out its Doublespeak Awards in 1979—there used to be the hassle of A. J. Spano, a Colorado kingdom consultant, to enhance air caliber in Denver, which ranks because the second-dirtiest urban within the country during this admire. Spano's proposal, integrated in a invoice, which was once authorized via legislative committee, used to be to alter federal toxins criteria in order that harmful will be redefined as "poor, " risky as "acceptable, " very bad as "fair, " unhealthful as "good, " and reasonable as "very stable. " See additionally very good, firstclass and, for the most 1979 Doublespeak Award winner, occasion. reasonable alternate. mounted price,- restraint of alternate. this is often one other strong instance of opposite English, or the ability of the euphemism to suggest precisely the contrary of its real which means. For the unknowing customer, reasonable alternate has comforting overtones of "free trade," notwithstanding neither equity nor alternate are involved,- quite, it's a tactic of brands to prevent price war via requiring wholesalers and shops to promote items at set costs, with no savings or particular revenues. "The Corning Glass Works introduced this day that it used to be discontinuing so-called 'fair exchange' expense solving preparations that experience come lower than assault through client advocates" (AP, 4/7/75). As a euphemism, "fair alternate" matches hand-in-glove with unfastened firm. fall/fallen. To die, specifically in combat,- to be lifeless. whilst utilized to squaddies who "drop down" at the battlefield, "fall" really is a euphemistic shortening of "fall lifeless.

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