Fortunately, even a dim bulb shines a little light.
I did have the good grace to laugh at myself when the light went on and I finally realized that end of retirement didn't mean I'd be hauling my 90-year-old self up to the office to write ad copy again. I'm still laughing -- the phrase may be my all-time favorite euphemism.
And yet ... consider this: The dictionary defines a euphemism as "a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing."
Has death really become something that even financial planners find too "unpleasant or embarrassing" to discuss? Oy.
Here's my advice: When you're trying to communicate, say what you mean. Choose the right words and use the right words. Should you watch your tone? Certainly. But don't obfuscate.* We have enough trouble understanding each other as it is.
End of retirement. Seriously? You're killin' me.
|Scottish proverb -- and one of my mom's favorite sayings. :-)|