Believers in value-freedom may feel that they should replace such terms with less evaluative ones, but if they do, one of two things will happen: either they will mislead by euphemizing
, as in the use of the term "collateral damage" for the killing of noncombatants in war, in which case the account will be deficient descriptively as well as evaluatively, or else the new words will come to take on a similar evaluative load to the ones they replaced.
From the euphemisms identified and analyzed, it was noted that there is a general tendency in the songs and even in the interviews for avoiding mentioning death and euphemizing
it in terms of the living.
A little later I heard a similar story about a godmother and goddaughter who exchanged tales that might also have referred to legacies of sexualized racial violence--that is, might have, if the godmother had not insisted on euphemizing
how that violence was embodied in her life and why their family, a family harmed by it, would still so identify with and indeed long for access to the white supremacist world.
shucrar, as he is called in the narrative presented by al-Raghib) and al-Sharif al-Radi do the opposite of euphemizing
from a rhetorical point of view.
This suggests an opportune moment to employ some of Bourdieu's a posteriori arguments to tease out the class politics of the story and correct the correlation Dickens assumes between working-class economic disinterest and morality Bourdieu represents resistance to capitalist rationalism as a 'being-in-the-present' that starkly contrasts with the calculating rationality and euphemizing
formality of the other classes.
Compare this language with that used by today's pro-choice crowd and Orwell's discomfort with euphemizing
and theorizing is made patent.
In a document solicited for a Catholic newsletter by one of his "angels," Romand's language echoes Tartuffe, euphemizing
his butchery as "a terrible family tragedy" and rejoicing that "the presence of God burst upon" him in his blackest hour.
This desire for nothing to happen, what Jean Weisgerber calls "le presentisme" and "la valorisation de l'instant" ["presentism" and "valorization of the moment"] (72, 76), represents an essential characteristic of rococo style and mentality, due to the euphemizing
rococo aversion to that most final of all events, death (Nell, "The Last Laugh").