The Things They Carried help with homework: Euphemism

Euphemism
Objective: Understanding euphemism
Activity:
A euphemism is, at best, a more gentle or tactful term for a difficult, painful, or embarrassing subject. One
who says “We had the dog put to sleep ” instead of “We had the dog killed” is using a euphemism. Far less
innocently, euphemisms are sometimes used by militarises or politicians to intentionally mislead or appease
the public. These euphemisms may distance citizens from a harsh reality, as when the Nazis’ massacre of Jews
in the Holocaust was referred to as “The Final Solution.”
List four euphemisms the soldiers use for “killed” in “The Things They Carried.”

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