It’s Not Just Chit-Chat

I typically dislike euphemisms.  For an excellent primer on how euphemisms can subtly change the meaning and impact of language, look at the late, great George Carlin’s brilliant comedic essay on how “shell shock” eventually became “PTSD”.  His point is that euphemistic language can sometimes soften and “tame” difficult concepts.  Perhaps we would do well…

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… Where Often is Heard a Discouraging Word: MDs and Treatment for Hearing Loss

In a recent talk to a group of hearing care providers, I took an informal poll, asking what were some of the most discouraging things their patients had reported being told by their physician regarding their hearing.  I knew what the results would be, having heard very disappointing things from scores of patients myself, over…

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