A euphemism is a generally innocuous word or expression used in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant. Some euphemisms are intended to amuse, while others use bland, inoffensive, and often misleading terms for things the user wishes to dissimulate or downplay. Euphemisms are used for dissimulation, to refer to taboo topics such as sex, death or subjects of a provocative nature in a polite way, and to mask profanity and obscene language. Some examples include saying 'passed away' in place of died, 'fell of the back of a truck' instead of stolen, and 'au natural' to denote nudity. In some cases a euphemism can also be used to intentionally offensive or less pleasant for the sake of sarcasm and make light of a serious subject.
Euphemisms have become a significant part of everyday conversation as it helps tackle any offensive situation diplomatically. The use of euphemisms can make dialogue more poetic, add certain amount of sophistication to a message. Euphemisms are an easy way to express oneself in a nice way without hurting or shocking anyone.