"astroturf" as euphemism?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 9 19:08:28 UTC 2009

At 2:11 PM -0400 8/9/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>I think it's not Pelosi, but the article writer, who used "emphemism."
Actually, I just realized I've been seeing a bunch of commercials
featuring the now standard emphemism, COPD, for, I am reliably
informed, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  Technically,
emphysema is a *type* of COPD, but I would guess that essentially
COPD is to emphysema what ED is to impotence.

--LH (a euphemism?)

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