Phrases in the English language

One of the great strengths of the English language is its versatility and ability to adapt.   Even so, I was a little taken aback at a Christmas function when a (younger) family member informed us that his girlfriend wasn’t present because there had been a “conscious uncoupling” of their relationship.

Well, I know that Gwyneth Paltrow (and Chris Martin) were initially responsible for this expression, but the fact that it’s entered everyday speech just goes to show that there’s always room for a new euphemism.   And that’s occurred even though it’s been assessed as 2014’s “worst new phrase” by the Plain English Foundation!

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