Over at the Corner on NRO, Mark Steyn writes:
Should western governments describe “honor killings” or female genital mutilation as “barbaric”? The son of the late Canadian colossus Pierre Trudeau thinks such terms have unfortunate pejorative overtones:
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau said the government should not call honour killings “barbaric” in a study guide for would-be Canadian citizens…
“There’s nothing that the word ‘barbaric’ achieves that the words ’absolutely unacceptable’ would not have achieved,” Trudeau, the Liberal immigration critic, said.
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. . .. The trouble is, as your average honor killer or clitoridectomist around the planet well understands, “absolutely unacceptable” is Liberal Weeniepants-speak for “we entirely accept it”.
The history of politics is strewn with bloodless euphemisms, "the final solution" being perhaps the ugliest. A few days ago I looked at a recent NYC statistical report that showed that in 2009, 41 percent of NYC pregnancies ended in abortion (but you won't find the word abortion in the report). Instead, the authors used the clinical term "induced terminations." [Which makes it sound like someone is closing out their bank account].
What other political and cultural euphemisms drive the Ricocheters nuts?