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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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