I am interested in euphemisms in English. I use them to make unpleasant truth less harsh. For example, I use “pass away or go to sleep” instead of “die” and “mentally challenged” instead of “stupid”。 I also use them to show respect. For example, I use “domestic engineer” instead of “servant”and “sanitation engineer” instead of “garbage man”。
My interest in euphemism results from an incident. One day, I said to my mother: “Look, mummy, there is a cripple over there.” Having heard my words, the man turned around and glared at me. I was frightened. My mother told me that it was rude to call a person a cripple. We could use “the differently-abled” instead and that was called euphemism. From that day on, I learn many more euphemisms, for I know if I want to communicate with others properly, I should always be considerate of others, especially the disadvantaged ones.