By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, March 6, 2009
Whereas last weeks word, leshon sagi nahor, referred to speaking in opposites as a type of euphemism, lashon nekiyah, clean language, is a form of speech that avoids all direct reference to anything deemed rude.
I was reminded of this term when collecting my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter from her nursery. In response to my question, Did you use the toilet today? I was told by her teacher that they called it the beit hakiseh, which literally means the house of the chair, lashon nekiyah for the toilet..