[Ads-l] DPR--candidate for "most euphemistic"?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 11 14:48:05 UTC 2015

DPR (direct potable reuse)

[for the practice of recycling waste water into drinking water under consideration in drought-stricken California]
cf. http://www.cnbc.com/id/102589492

The non-euphemistic but perhaps somewhat misleading name for the process is "toilet to tap", but the method of conversion does include intermediate steps rather than, say, a hose directly linking the former to the latter.

What makes "DPR" especially congenial is that it only gets you to the euphemism indirectly, in the plain-brown-wrapper tradition of "E.D.", "STD"/"STI" (or the earlier "VD"), "P.E.", "B.O."  

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