I was interviewed by Fortune for this story, Laid off? No, you've been simplified, which is about the euphemisms that executives use to describe employee layoffs. I discuss some of the reasons that so many executives can't bring themselves to use clear language -- one reason is that it allows them to create emotional distance between the rather nasty things that they are doing to people (albeit, in many cases, there are not other options) and another reason is that (although often a delusion) it conveys to themselves and others that they are rational people making proper business decisions.
What are some of your favorite euphemisms?
Why do some many other wise reasonable leaders talk this way?