January 28, 2017
Updated January 23, 2021
Language drives culture and attitudes as much as these underlying common understandings and perceptions are reflected in language. Euphemisms serve as an effective barrier between a word’s true meaning, and what we might prefer, or find more “comfortable.”
Just as layers insulate us from cold weather, layering the global pastime of blood sacrifice in a plurality of euphemisms protect us from thinking too much about what, if done in daylight even to a dog, would be an unspeakable atrocity.
Fetus slaughter is given a more neutral term, “feticide” which is in turn wrapped in another euphemism “abortion.” Some might still see that for what it is, and so it becomes simply “choice.” And now an extremely ugly business is both out of sight, and out of mind. What’s more, only “bullies” and “zealots” could ever be opposed to “choice.”