Euphemisms old and new
Recently, my friend Diane started feeling nauseous and passing out. After a scary trip to the emergency room, she learned the problem was her heart: it kept stopping every once in a while, so she was strongly advised to get a pacemaker. (She now has one and is doing great, thank Zeus.)
But when Diane was debating what to do, a doctor not only came down in favor of pacemaker insertion, but a certain word choice as well:"Oh, it's not a surgery," the doctor said. "It's only a procedure." Continue reading...