The Congress: Along with Some Euphemisms

Apropos of nothing, Illinois' Everett McKinley Dirksen arose in the Senate last week to ornament a dreary debate. "Mr. President," orated Ev, "there is such a word as 'euphemism.' I do not think I have looked it up for years, but I suppose a 'euphemism' is 'something that seems like what it ain't.' Perhaps that is as good a definition as I can give. I am reminded of the man who filled in an application for an insurance policy. One of the questions he had to answer was 'How old was your father when he died and of what...

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