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  1. Jan 2022
    1. Google/gmail calls apps that don't support OAuth2 "less secure". But, that doesn't make them insecure. So what it means is gmail's meaning of LessSecureApp is basically anything that doesn’t use OAuth2.
  2. Sep 2021
    1. nabled Tristram to date his conception very exactly. It also provoked The Clockmaker's Outcry against the Author: The directions I had for making several clocks for the country are counter- manded; because no modest lady now dares to mention a word about winding- up a clock, without exposing herself to the sly leers and jokes of the family ... Nay, the common expression of street-walkers is, "Sir, will you have your clock wound up

      It also provoked The Clockmaker's Outcry against the author:

      [...] Nay, the common expression of street-walkers is, "Sir, will you have your clock wound up?"

      I've actually heard the euphemism clock in a sexual setting in my youth, but never heard the origin. This is the likely source. It's been 20 years or more since I've heard this in common speech though.

    1. the following terms are from the arkansas department of health: family planning

      "prevent unwanted pregnancies" = abortion "lifestyle behaviors" = having sex "prevent unintended pregnancies" = birth control "infants born too early" = premature babies for some insane reason, all of these things are still considered taboo. the website is using euphemism (and for the infants one, orthphemism). these terms like "unwanted pregnancy" are way "softer" than saying that a woman has become pregnant and wants an abortion. they don't use abortion once on the entire website. the goal is to seem neutral and clinical, so there is no room for emotions. birth control is somehow also still considered taboo by many, so it is much easier and clinical to say "contraceptives." i think the website does an amazing job of making it very clear what family planning can do without giving the haters any room to be dumb.

      the other website, "the order of the good death," uses a lot of orthphemisms. words like "bacteria," "decomposing bodies," and "decomposition" describe exactly what is literally happening. it uses clinical words to explain what a dead body goes through during decomposition, like "autolysis" and "rigor mortis." because of my own person idealogy concerning death, i wanted to read this website and deem it dysphemistic, but i think it really is just very literal, clinical diction. the website does a really good job of ecplaining important questions that i'm sure a lot of people have who are afraid to ask. this also seems like something i would research at 3 am after skipping out on my zoloft for a few days. in that situation, i would need clear, concise answers to my questions. death is often really taboo and emotional, and the interworkings of death are something that we as a society NEVER talk about. i think this website just wanted to answer our questions.

  3. Feb 2021
  4. Apr 2020
    1. the body of law derived from judicial decisions of courts and similar tribunals.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The defining characteristic of “common law” is that it arises as precedent.

      The way "common law" sounds and is used, I would have thought it meant law that is common (in common between) many countries, laws that can be found on the books in all of these many places. (Kind of like commonwealth.)

      But, although it is common to many countries, that is not its defining characteristic. Its defining characteristic is actually something quite different.

      Since the term is so far removed from what it actually means, I would even go so far as to say it is a mild euphemism.

      Much better names for this exist: judicial precedent or judge-made law are the clearest options. But even "case law" is a better term.

    1. it is a euphemism; abstract, agentless, and affectless, so that even if people succeeded in associating it with a real act or event, they would be insulated from any feelings of repulsion or moral outrage".
    2. In 1999, "collateral damage" (German: Kollateralschaden) was named the German Un-Word of the Year by a jury of linguistic scholars. With this choice, it was criticized that the term had been used by NATO forces to describe civilian casualties during the Kosovo War, which the jury considered to be an inhuman euphemism.
  5. Mar 2020
    1. 3,000 people have passed away as a result of the infection.

      "pass away" is a euphemism usually reserved for obituary pages. Victims of a virulent virus do not "pass away." They die.

  6. Sep 2016
    1. The differences between our governments over these many years are real and they are important.

      To me, this seems to be an example of euphemism. President Obama uses this first sentence to make the conversation he is about to have with the people more pleasant and not as strained. The word differences makes the speech not as uncomfortable as it could be