Even better, there's no legal definition of person of interest. It's used as if it means something. But it does not. One source for that: American Journalism Review, but search for "person of interest" and "no legal standing" and you find quite a lot.
The comment about "person of interest" is somewhat reminiscent of something a friend told me. One of his pet peeves is reading news stories that describe somebody who's drunk in public (but not driving) as being "over the legal limit" when referring to their blood-alcohol level.Sure, there's a "legal limit" for your blood-alcohol level if you want to operate a motor vehicle, but there's no "legal limit" for the amount of alcohol in your system if you're just hanging out in a park.Causing a disturbance, of course, is another matter, but there ain't no law against simply having a high amount of alcohol in your body.
Maybe this is a naive question, but what does "IUC" even stand for? "Intra-Uterine Contraption"?
I believe the C was for "contraceptive." I guess studies showed that a different abbreviation was less likely to cause pelvic inflammatory disease.
I think "person of interest" came into wide use after the Richard Jewell case, when authorities thought they needed something else to call someone who might turn out not to be the perpetrator. The British have a term, "helping the police with their inquiries."Brian Cubbison
If they call it "IUC" with C for "contraceptive", as opposed to the more common "IUD" with D for "device", then this might count as a reverse euphemism, since "contraceptive" is a more explicit and less vague word than "device".
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