Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Awful Euphemism Watch

Who knew that Newsweek's Periscope section had an obituary sidebar called "Transition"? The two personages transitioning out of a living state mentioned in last week's issue were Wendy Wasserstein and Betty Friedan.

I don't mean to be flip about the end of life, or what some crass bastards refer to as death. So let me just offer my condolences to the families of the transitioned.


Jay D. Homnick said...

My all-time favorite euphemism was when Dick Cheney told W that Adam Clymer had "a soul", although that might have been misreported at the time.

By the way, I love those "Who knew..." openings. I did one here and it was a big hit, with the Washington Times running a two-paragraph excerpt.

And as openings go in general, I did a sort of primer today.

Jay D. Homnick said...

Oh, oops, here's that primer I mentioned.