Euphemisms - Uncovering the Feet of Public Discourse - 119


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It seems too often that euphemisms in our culture go beyond softening social interaction to propping up the powerful. This week Allen and Jeff explore euphemistic language in various Scriptures, political spin, and how it might create life (or manufacture manipulation) in our own speech. Maybe we don’t take language seriously enough? More pointedly, how do we choose between softening words to foster connection and, on the other hand, telling it like it is and speaking truth to power?

Also in this episode Jeff and Allen bring back a classic segment formally called ‘Jesus or Jay-Z?’. However, in light of their conversation on language, Jeff and Allen realize it is probably time for a segment name-change. Listen to find out why and give your suggestion on what would be a more fitting.

Main Conversation on Euphemisms (02:48)

Jesus or Jay-Z Segment (41:50)


From Our Conversation on Euphemisms

From Our Segment (This segment has also been done on episodes #001, #013, #022 & #060)


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Jeff Manildi | co-host and producer |

Jeff is the husband to an incredibly strong woman and father of two captivating young ladies. He is currently the Director of Discipleship at a United Methodist church on the central coast of California. In addition to getting his B.A. in Theology, he also received his ordination through the prestigious online organization of The Universal Life Church whose alumni include the likes of Conan O’Brien and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Jeff loves all things that tell a story: people, movies, tv, music, comics, etc.

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Allen received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from The Master's College and an M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, making him the illegitimate child of both conservative and moderately progressive evangelicalism. He has worked in church ministry since 2006 and is currently solo-pastoring at his local UCC congregation. When not ministering, Allen throws things to his border collie Sonata and writes for multiple platforms.

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