I’m going to disagree with you here and not just because I think you’re an asshole.
A euphemism is the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt. (I like dictionary.com)
There’s no question that if a person, after having a bad day at work, comes home, says screw the diet, and goes nuts with cake, ice cream, and whatnot, that ain’t a refeed - that’s just plain cheating.
A refeed, as Mike Roussell pointed out in his article, is a planned part of an overall diet. It’s not “falling off the wagon” and it’s not necessarily an excuse to go nuts.
I would argue that the term “cheat day” became a subsitute term for “refeed” for marketing reasons. It’s much easier to sell a diet plan with a “cheat day” than one with “regular planned intervals of disciplined carbohydrate in order to replenish glycogen stores and create an anabolic environment for enhanced muscle growth while minimizing increases in adipose tissue.” While most T-Nation readers probably understand this last phrase, the average Joe and Jane on the street will not. Just ask Joel Marion and his “Cheater’s Diet.”[/quote]
I think CaliforniaLaw was referring to people eating outright cheat meals and then calling them “Refeeds” when they are just cheat meals.