One day I tried to ask a question on a different StackExchange site and got a message:
It looks like you might need a break - take a breather and come back soon!
What an awfully nice suggestion! This sounds very polite, but it is a lead-in to more aggressive language.
You've asked 3 questions recently, some of which have not been received very well by the community. Everyone learns at their own pace, and it’s okay to make some mistakes. However, the reception your questions have received thus far might ultimately block your account from asking questions entirely.
Starting out by suggesting I "need a break", the web site's automated message continues, they are going to close my account if I do not adhere to the web site policy.
Granted that I am curbing my behavior on that particular forum, what is the term for polite language they are using? Starting out with a polite suggestion they make their way to the more serious topic at hand.
Another example is Can I help you? It sounds very polite, but it's often a euphemism for What are you doing here? or something else.
Here's an article I found on Forbes: The Absolute Worst Question To Ask: How Can I Help You?
Before I got off any call, I would always ask people how I could help them. In my mind, it was simple. I like building relationships that are meaningful — not just transactional — and some of the most valuable partnerships and client opportunities have materialized because I helped someone and formed a trusting relationship.
However, I’ve realized this isn’t the best question to ask. While some people are receptive, most people assume I’m trying to sell them with that question. It’s unfortunate that the business world revolves around hidden agendas where asking someone how you can help immediately elicits the response, “What do you want from me?” or “What are you selling?”
What is the term for this type of polite segue?