The substitution of an inoffensive term for one considered offensively explicit.

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Dr. House: Who were you going to kill in Bolivia? My old housekeeper?
Dr. Terzi: We don’t kill anyone.
Dr. House: I’m sorry–who were you going to marginalize?
(“Whatever It Takes,” House, M.D.)

“neutralize” for “kill”

Governments love euphemism
Try one yourself. Think up a euphemism for “taxes.”


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