Steve Sailer brings us the news of a Chinese couple suing because their offspring was murdered while attending USC and their recruitment materials gave a false impression of the safety of the immediate area around the campus.
Of course, the materials used the code word 'urban' in describing the campus. Most Americans know what that is code for, but the requirement to speak in code terribly screws over the naive and the foreign. In this case our collective mendacity on race quite possibly cost two students their lives.
But foreigners aren't the only people screwed over. Check out below what a real estate agent isn't allowed to tell you, even, or perhaps ESPECIALLY when the information is a matter of public record.
Imagine this sort of conversation, which despite the euphemisms in play, would still be illegal for a real estate agent to participate in---so we'll assume it's with a work associate and a naive newcomer to a city:
I'm thinking of moving to Jezebel Heights
Oh, I hear the schools are really bad there... (implicitly---dude, it's FULL of NAMS)
Well, I don't care much about the schools, I'm not even married yet
(heard by the work associate)---I'm down for some gentrification---not---I'm blissfully unaware of what you meant by 'bad schools'
Euphemisms destroy communication when the cipher 'key' isn't shared. They also eventually start to get used as premises in arguments, leading to no end of nonsense.
Foundationalism: in praise of vagueness
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