Question asked by a caller to a local talk-show host:
If an Illegal Alien is an “undocumented worker”, does that make a drug dealer an “unlicensed pharmacist”??
Good question! Why do we constantly have to deal in euphemisms when it comes to serious, national issues? What dream world do the people who talk this way live in, anyway? It’s not the real world, where the rest of us live.
Giving a serious problem a kinder, gentler name won’t help the problem go away! It only helps avoiding having to deal with it, which, I guess, is the point. If we pretend long enough and hard enough, our magical thinking will make everything better.
Eventually of course, euphemisms take on the original meanings of the terms they replaced. So, what’s the point? Call things by their real names; be accurate in descriptions!