transport/transfer tubes

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 23 14:26:45 UTC 2005

At 11:30 PM -0400 8/22/05, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>So my guess is that the Toronto Star bollixed the story, and it then
>spread around the blogosphere (with the already incorrect "transfer tubes"
>mutating further to "transport tubes"). It all seems rather unnecessary,
>since there was already the sanitized "human-remains pouch" if one were
>looking for military euphemisms to get incensed about.

I don't know.  Either "transfer tube" or "transport tube" strike me
as considerably more euphemistic, in terms of vagueness and
distancing, than "human-remains pouch".  I think it (presumably in
the former version) is a strong candidate for the euphemism of the
year vote in Albuquerque.


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