Problem

Terminological deception

Other Names:
Euphemism
Claim:

In official reporting on incidents which could lead to embarrassing investigations, a form of terminological deception is used by employing euphemism to de-dramatize such events. For example in the UK, attempted prison suicides are recategorized by the use of the term "self-harm", which can then be described as "manipulative and self-seeking". Killing a live foetus may be described as a "termination", following the practice in reporting on government-sanctioned assassination. Destruction of a forested landscape can be usefully described as "clearing" the land.

Broader Problems:
Deception
Paternalistic lies
Strategies:
Deceiving
Values:
Deception
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
14.06.2018 – 15:36 CEST