Cough syrup tastes disgusting. So companies try to hide the nastiness by adding artificial flavoring (usually cherry or banana). They think by adding something sweet, they're making it better.
In reality, they are only making it worse.
I'd rather they just give me the nasty stuff straight away because I know it's going to help. That fake, nasty flavor isn't making anything easier to swallow. It's completely useless. (And gross!)
It's kind of like getting a rejection letter from an agent/editor or getting a bad grade or getting really bad news. Adding something sweet or nice to soften the blow doesn't make the reality of the situation better.
And the niceness that was added? It actually comes across as fake and insincere.
Am I alone in feeling this way?
Would you rather get a rejection/bad news/failing grade that's veiled with sweetness and niceties or do you just want it straight? Why?