We spoke about euphemisms last week, remember? Those words and phrases that often try and make the negative seem positive by using more pleasant-sounding words.

I’ve often heard people say they thought certain goods “fell off the back of a lorry” to mean that they thought they had been “stolen”. You might have heard someone talk about another person as being “big-boned” instead of saying that they are “overweight” or “heavy”. Or perhaps that someone is “economically disadvantaged” instead of saying that they are “poor”.

I suggest that it’s better to avoid euphemisms if you want to be clear in your communication.