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comment What's your name?
Where did you encounter the latter phrasing?
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comment Is there a reference for the differences between synonyms?
@JLG Couldn't see anything useful in the first ten or so posts, but thanks for the tip.
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comment What causes the euphemisation of medical terms?
@PA6OTA The words I mentioned have all (as far as I could tell from Wikipedia) been used as professional medical jargon at some point.
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comment What causes the euphemisation of medical terms?
@R.. Are you saying there are no medical euphemisms? A replacement term can be both a euphemism and a refinement...
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comment What causes the euphemisation of medical terms?
Do you have a reference for the historical evolution you mention? I have never heard or read anyone referring to a “bathroom bowl”, and it seems “W.C”, “toilet” and “bathroom” are completely interchangeable.
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comment What causes the euphemisation of medical terms?
I never said I preferred any of these terms over any other. For example, I remember the primary school days when “mongoloid” was a common insult, and I would completely understand a professional push towards terms which avoided any hurt towards those with Down's Syndrome and their families/friends, even if it was not intended to indicate a refinement of understanding. The aim was to understand better the actual pressures behind such changes. But +1 for providing two explanations - branching and refinement.
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