According to Chambers Dictionary, the word euphemism means a “mild or inoffensive term used in place of one considered offensive or unpleasantly direct”.
According to Alistair Jack, the Scottish Secretary, when Boris Johnson and the UK Government talked about building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, this was actually “euphemism” for something else – a tunnel.
Why Jack apparently considers the word “tunnel” to be offensive or unpleasant is not a subject we’re keen to explore further.
However, his contention that this would be cheaper than a bridge seems, well, contentious at best – even if one estimate for the latter was an eye-watering £20 billion.
The Scottish Greens, who some may regard as being usually more prone to big, possibly a tad unrealistic, dreams than the traditionally more, er, ‘conservative’ Conservatives, dismissed the idea as “pure fantasy”, while Nicola Sturgeon suggested there were “more important priorities”.
We live in strange times. And, yes, when we say “strange” that is a euphemism for something else...