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21st Apr '16 8:35:17 AM Jgamer
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* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', no one dies; they get "erased." The Players are [[DeadToBeginWith already dead]]; they're all playing for a [[WinYourFreedom second chance at life]].

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* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', no one dies; they get "erased." [[spoiler: The Players are [[DeadToBeginWith already dead]]; they're all playing for a [[WinYourFreedom second chance at life]].]]
17th Apr '16 6:32:37 AM JackG
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* ''The Eiger Sanction'' (1975), 'sanction' being their word for assassination.
16th Apr '16 8:40:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''FatherTed'' did the "take care of" variant, when Ted realised exactly how his psychotic friend was going to ''take care'' of a large quantity of rabbits.

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* ''FatherTed'' ''Series/FatherTed'' did the "take care of" variant, when Ted realised exactly how his psychotic friend was going to ''take care'' of a large quantity of rabbits.
8th Apr '16 5:37:00 PM gophergiggles
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' parodies this when Donbot decides Bender (who's scabbing at a factory where the employees are on strike) is going to "have an accident". It goes right over Joey Mousepad's head:
--> "With all due respect, Donbot, I don't think we should rely on an accident to happen. Let's kill him ourselves."
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' uses the term "slagged" to refer to "blown up" or "killed".
6th Apr '16 1:54:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* When deciding how to take care of a burglar in ''{{Bottom}}'', Eddie lampshades the trope by suggesting: "Why don't we give him the old fish fingers? They've been in there for months, they're absolutely lethal." Before Richie reminds him that they've been eaten already, which is what caused the toilet to be unflushable for the last three days.

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* When deciding how to take care of a burglar in ''{{Bottom}}'', ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Eddie lampshades the trope by suggesting: "Why don't we give him the old fish fingers? They've been in there for months, they're absolutely lethal." Before Richie reminds him that they've been eaten already, which is what caused the toilet to be unflushable for the last three days.
5th Apr '16 10:17:28 AM Antigone3
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* ''TabletopGame/TheDraculaDossier'': Edom doesn't order your player-characters killed if they Learn Too Much, they "issue an indulgence". (Possibly an allusion to Van Helsing's justification for using the Host as anti-vampire weaponry.)
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14th Mar '16 8:06:39 PM MAI742
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** 'Task Force' - ''Einsatzgruppen'', official name of police units used exclusively to kill POW and civilians considered who might become spies or saboteurs. Communists and Jews were considered both by definition.

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** 'Special Unit' - ''Sonderkommando'', police term for volunteer prisoners from labour camps used to move, strip, and dispose of corpses so ''Hiwis'' didn't have to.
** 'Task Force' - ''Einsatzgruppen'', official name of police units used exclusively to kill POW and civilians considered who might become spies or saboteurs. Communists and Jews were considered both by definition.



** 'Special Unit' - ''Sonderkommando'', police term for volunteer prisoners from labour camps used to move, strip, and dispose of corpses so ethnic Germans didn't have to.
14th Mar '16 8:02:48 PM MAI742
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** 'Volunteer' - ''Hilfswiliger'', general term for conscripts from Soviet POW and civilians and forced to kill people so ethnic Germans didn't have to.

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** 'Volunteer' - ''Hilfswiliger'', ''Hilfswiliger'' or ''Hiwi'', general term for conscripts from conscripted Soviet POW and civilians and civilians. Police units forced them to kill people so ethnic Germans didn't have to.
14th Mar '16 7:54:12 PM MAI742
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* [[http://www.nizkor.org/features/techniques-of-denial/st-01.html "Special treatment"]] (Sonderbehandlung) was one of the euphemisms used by the Nazis. Others include the special units (Sonderkommandos, work units of death camps), task forces (Einsatzgruppen, death squads), special action (Sonderaktion, depopulating a Ghetto).
** The Nazis had a sort of hierarchy of euphemisms concerning UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust: the phrase "resettlement in the East" was used for general public consumption. "FinalSolution to the Jewish Question," for most government documents, "liquidation" for those pertaining directly to the Holocaust. "Annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe" was used only in the most closed circumstances, to those who knew the stakes.
** The term "concentration camp" was a Deadly Euphemism used by the Nazis for the death camps they used to exterminate Jews and other undesirables. The original definition of "concentration camp" was a place to imprison large populations of people without the intent of killing them, similar to the internment camps that held Japanese Americans during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[note]]The term originated from the British in UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar, in which the Afrikaaner civilians were rounded up into camps to prevent the enemy from hiding amongst the civilian population. Life in the camps was harsh, but not deliberately cruel or deadly.[[/note]] The "euphemistic" definition has almost completely supplanted the original definition.

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* [[http://www.nizkor.org/features/techniques-of-denial/st-01.html "Special treatment"]] (Sonderbehandlung) was one of (''Sonderbehandlung'') is the euphemisms best-known euphemism used by the Nazis. numerous German government and paramilitary agencies during WorldWarTwo, and could mean execution. Others include terms included:
** 'Desert Zones' - ''Wüstenzonen'', Army term for areas depopulated through
the deportation or execution of all inhabitants and in which all structures had been razed, so those communities couldn't support partisans or enemy special agents. No food or shelter was provided to deported populations, so deportation generally meant slower death.
** 'Minesweeper-42' - ''Minensuchgerät (zweiundvierzig)'', Army term for roller or plough tied to a non-German, so only one non-German at a time would die. More considerate commanders tried to make exclusive use of POW or Undesirables, and only expended non-German natives when these stocks had been exhausted.
** 'Volunteer' - ''Hilfswiliger'', general term for conscripts from Soviet POW and civilians and forced to kill people so ethnic Germans didn't have to.
** 'Task Force' - ''Einsatzgruppen'', official name of police
units (Sonderkommandos, work units used exclusively to kill POW and civilians considered who might become spies or saboteurs. Communists and Jews were considered both by definition.
** 'Special Action' - ''Sonderaktion'', police term for deportation
of death camps), task forces (Einsatzgruppen, death squads), special action (Sonderaktion, depopulating a Ghetto).
Jewish Ghetto, sometimes to extermination facilities.
** The Nazis 'Special Unit' - ''Sonderkommando'', police term for volunteer prisoners from labour camps used to move, strip, and dispose of corpses so ethnic Germans didn't have to.
** Government agencies
had a sort of hierarchy of numerous euphemisms concerning UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust: the phrase "resettlement UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. "Resettlement in the East" was used for general public consumption. referred to the Ghettoization process and initial attempts at resettlement in the Lublin District of the Generalgouvernement. "FinalSolution to the Jewish Question," for most government documents, "liquidation" for those pertaining directly to the Holocaust. "Annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe" Question" was used by the Security Police for their deportation plan of Jews to an unspecified area. Initially intending only in the to kill most closed circumstances, to those who knew of them through hard labour and sterilize the stakes.
rest, it was later repurposed to kill the entire Jewish population of Germany and Poland and was termed ''Operation Reinhard''.
** The term "concentration camp" was a Deadly Euphemism used by in some cases, as the Nazis for the death camps they used to exterminate Jews and other undesirables. regime did not officially admit that extermination facilities existed. The original definition of "concentration camp" was a place to imprison large populations of people without the intent of killing them, similar to the internment camps that held Japanese Americans during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[note]]The term originated from the British in UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar, in which the Afrikaaner civilians were rounded up into camps to prevent the enemy from hiding amongst 'prison where the civilian population. population of South Africa is concentrated and held so they cannot aid the Boer insurgency'. [[note]] Life in the camps was harsh, but not deliberately cruel or deadly.deadly. Mismanagement did however cause numerous avoidable deaths from starvation and disease [[/note]] The "euphemistic" definition has almost completely supplanted the original definition.
21st Feb '16 7:49:30 PM karstovich2
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*** By analogy, the business world came to use the phrases to differentiate between employees who were merely laid off (terminated without prejudice) or "for cause" but for a relatively minor reason like incompetence or laziness, and those who were fired "for cause" for a major reason, i.e., for serious misconduct like fraud or embezzlement (terminated with prejudice). Employees terminated without prejudice, having been let go for economic reasons, might be rehired at some point in the future; those terminated with prejudice, having been let go for bad behavior, will not be.

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*** By analogy, the business world came to use the phrases to differentiate between employees who were merely laid off (terminated without prejudice) or "for cause" but for a relatively minor reason like incompetence or laziness, laziness (terminated without prejudice), and those who were fired "for cause" for a major reason, i.e., for serious misconduct like fraud or embezzlement (terminated with prejudice). Employees terminated without prejudice, having been let go for economic reasons, reasons or for something fixable, might be rehired at some point in the future; those terminated with prejudice, having been let go for bad behavior, will not be.
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