In 1635, in the Welsh town of Llanrhymney, in the county of Monmouth, a boy was born to a Welsh farmer. He was given the name Henry Morgan. Morgan is a very Welsh surname, just like Jaramillo here in Antioquia, Colombia. If your name is Morgan then you definitely have Welsh ancestry, however, in Wales it’s just a last name, here in Antioquia people use the surname Jaramillo to refer to the sun, especially the older people. Why? I have no idea, maybe in the past someone with the surname Jaramillo was very bright and happy like the sun. If you know, leave a comment at the end of the blog.
Anyway back to Morgan. Henry Morgan later became Sir Henry Morgan and is famous for being a pirate, though he was not really a pirate, he was a privateer. A privateer was someone who had a paper from a representative of the British Government authorising them to fight on behalf of Britain against the Spanish, taking as payment whatever could be ransacked. So basically a privateer was a semi legal pirate, a modern day mercenary and the word could be seen as a euphemism for a pirate. At least that’s my opinion.
“No, no, no, I’m not a pirate I’m a privateer.”
“Oh, that’s OK then, I’m sorry, I thought you were a pirate.”
Once someone I knew got a job during the summer holidays from university as a road sweeper for the local council, but instead of calling himself a road sweeper he used the term - kerb beautician.
It’s like saying someone is being economical with the truth rather than calling them a liar.