A euphemism too many

Even in reporting on a violent abduction with murders we still have to use the baby talk about women.

Two surviving Americans who were were kidnapped at gunpoint in Matamoros, Mexico last week are being treated at US hospitals. Their two friends who were also abducted died during the incident.

Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown died after unidentified gunmen opened fire as the group of four drove a white minivan on 3 March through Matamoros, a city of 500,000 people located directly across the border from the Texas town of Brownsville.

A Mexican woman, believed to be a 33-year-old bystander more than one block away, was killed in last Friday’s incident.

The group had travelled from South Carolina and crossed the border into Mexico because Ms McGee had an appointment for a tummy tuck, a cosmetic surgery procedure to remove abdominal fat, her relatives said.

That. Can we not have adult reporting? Why “tummy” for godsake?

Of course there’s also the pathetic fact that a cosmetic surgery jaunt ended up with three murders. Humans are a constant disappointment.

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