We’re in Chesterton’s Fence territory here:
Shoppers at a New Zealand supermarket chain will no longer see euphemistic language like “sanitary” or “feminine hygiene” products to describe pads, tampons and menstrual cups after the chain said it would be the first in the world to use the word “period” to describe the items.
Bully for them of course. Except there is still that nagging feeling. Why do we use the euphemisms in the first place? Or, perhaps, did we? Until we know that we don’t know whether not using them is a good idea or not.
An interesting question – does every language and society use euphemisms here? If so, why?