Why must news articles use euphemisms when real words are available?
I see this a lot. Media uses mealy-mouth words when there are perfectly good ones that are probably more accurate.
An article today noted that “the police officer used expletives when apprehending the suspect”.
Why couldn’t the writer say “the police officer swore at the suspect”?
Why the gentility?
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