So imho, language is used by the rich against the poor, by the powerful against the powerless, by the ‘educated’ against the ‘less educated’. It is extremely powerful and insidious and its use - and deliberate misuse- can have serious political and social effects/consequences. From advertising, to politics to the social sphere, language is very powerful. This thread is about words and/or phrases that press your buttons! Don’t hold back!
A few that come to mind are:
‘…in good faith’… meaning our solicitor says we are good to go
‘Robust’ … a word that signifies guilt and defensiveness
‘Begin’… what a bank says when it has closed one third of its branches!