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Euphemistically speaking …

Posted by amber | My Diary | Posted on August 21st, 2010

A euphemism is a substitution of an expression that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver with an agreeable or less offensive expression,[1] or to make it less troublesome for the speaker, as in the case of doublespeak. The deployment of euphemisms is a central aspect within the public application of political correctness. In other words in stead of saying the person is a moron or idiot, you would say they are mentally challenged.

So what has this got to do with CF?? Well before CF/CFS was called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it was called =

MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS / ENCEPHALOPATHY (ME)

Now you have to admit that sounds serious, mysterious. A illness with street cred!!! If you want to be ill this sounds like something that is interesting; that you want to be diagnosed with; and friends and family will be suitably impressed!!

But somewhere in the medical world it go changed and now its called

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME.

What does this word say to you? Does it sound like you are suffering from

I mean seriously, all those symptoms and they came up with CHRONIC FATIGUE!@##$%%^ Give me a break, … no wonder no one takes me seriously. I mean who doesn’t suffer from chronic fatigue in a society where we have non stop info overload. We have Internet, cellphones, faxes, regular phones, pagers, beepers,. We exercise and work at the same time; we take more work home because there are not enough hours in the day to complete what we have on our plates.

So yes, it irritates me just a LITTLE (note the euphemism) that what I have is called CF.

Unlimited options and this is what they chose.

Well more later, I need to get horizontal – just in case ‘sleep’ sounds too harsh for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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