Pardon me, but when a polite term is substituted for a blunt, offensive one, you should call it a euphemism.

Euphemism is from Greek euphemismos, meaning "good speech," and it's a way that we paper over uncomfortable things with more pleasant-sounding words. These days we tend to use euphemisms when talking about anything having to do with elimination of bodily waste: toilet, bathroom, and water closet were all originally euphemisms. The military is also notorious for using euphemisms, like saying "neutralizing the target" instead of "killing someone."

Definitions of euphemism
  1. noun
    an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
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    an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one
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    expression, locution, saying
    a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
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