by Not Zero | 1:02 am click here to find out more Homepage company website site de rencontre sites de rencontres avec photos dating fan club rencontre club med kemer rtj dating site de rencontre femme camerounaise There is an elephant in the room, mean that there is an obvious problem or difficult situation that people do not want to talk about.

The term refers to a question, problem, solution, or controversial issue which is obvious to everyone who knows about the situation, but which is deliberately ignored because to do otherwise would cause great embarrassment, or trigger arguments or is simply taboo. The idiom can imply a value judgment that the issue ought to be discussed openly, or it can simply be an acknowledgment that the issue is there and not going to go away by itself.

The term is often used to describe an issue that involves a social taboo, such as race, religion, or even suicide. It is applicable when a subject is emotionally charged; and the people who might have spoken up decide that it is probably best avoided.

The idiom is commonly used in addiction recovery terminology to describe the reluctance of friends and family of an addicted person to discuss the person’s problem, thus aiding the person’s denial. Especially in reference to alcohol abuse, the idiom is sometimes coupled with that of the pink elephant, q.v. “the pink elephant in the room.”

For some, their first encounter with this phrase comes through the poem of the same name by Terry Kettering. In one edition of Time magazine in 2013, Chris Christie was labeled as the “Elephant in the Room” on the cover page.



Related words:

Avoid, Be oblivious to, Bury one’s head in sand, Discount, Evade, Look the other way, Neglect, Omit, Overlook, Pay no attention to, Pay no mind, Shut eyes to, Take no notice, Tune out, Turn blind eye, Turn deaf ear.

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