eu‧phe‧mism /ˈyufəˌmɪzəm/[yoo-fuh-miz-uhm] – noun
1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
I like that this definition comes from the UN-abridged dictionary….
Anyway. Today provided a wonderful example of euphemism. It was another follow-up appointment with my doctor, who:
1) Was very positive at the progress of my feet; and
2) Offered this euphemism:
“It’s really surprising, how cautious you are being… given your demographic.”
Some alternative translations:
“You are acting wimpier than any grandmother would.”
“You are a woos.”
“Get over it.”
I spent a moment assessing whether I should feel ashamed or embarassed (hey, I teach aerobics!). I admit I’ve been careful but come on: who wants to mess up surgery like that? It’s your *feet*. So, I chose to put the shame asiide and instead to feel encouraged. I am getting better! There is light at the end of tunnel!
So I opted to walk back as much as I could to the MUNI (ok, i took the bus for 1 block). And I had some nice chuckles along the way. “For your demographic.” Nice.
I got similar comments when I went to get a cardiac stress test ;-|
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