Politicians are not best known for calling a spade a spade and this morning Grant Shapps attracted attention for his admission that he had "over firmly" denied having a second job in parliament.
Here are some more famous political euphemisms:
"Economical with the truth" - popularised in 1986 by then-Cabinet Secretary Robert Armstrong during the Spycatcher trial in Australia when he told the court it was different to a lie, it was more of a "misleading impression"
"Terminological inexactitude" - introduced in 1906 by Winston Churchill. In a discussion on slavery, he said: "that word in its full sense could not be applied without a risk of terminological inexactitude"
"I was obliged to correct him in a robust way" - Boris Johnson describes a four-letter tirade against Ken Livingstone
"Tired and emotional" - another way of saying "drunk" made popular in 1967 by the Private Eye. The satirical magazine used it to describe Labour Cabinet minister George Brown's apparently intoxicated state
"Spend more time with my family" - Margaret Thatcher's employment secretary Norman Fowler gave the reason for his 1990 resignation amid rumours of a rift in the party. Fowler returned to politics just two years later and the phrase has become synonymous with excusing a difficult departure
"I did misspeak" - Hillary Clinton's famous 2008 explanation for her inaccurate claim that she landed in Bosnia under sniper fire in 1996
"Operative statement" - Richard Nixon's press secretary Ron Ziegler became famous for saying: "This is the operative statement. The others are inoperative" which, when translated, means these are the occasions when the President has told the truth, these are the lies.
"Peacekeeper" - What Ronald Reagan renamed the controversial multiple- warhead MX missile
"Hiking the Appalachian Trail" - What South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's spokesman said he had been doing when he disappeared for six days in 2009 - he had been with his mistress
"Watching badgers" - In 2003 the former Secretary of State for Wales denied a Sun newspaper story that claimed to have caught him engaged in a sex act with a stranger at a picnic spot, claiming instead that he had been "watching badgers"