Not sure why, but where I am, "embodiment" is taboo and "example" is all the rage.
Taboo by whom? In-house counsel? "Embodiment" and "example" are not interchangeable.
An in-house guy for a client handles a lot of the European prosecution work. He prefers example, and to avoid embodiment. If I remember his reasoning correctly, it is because EPO may interpret an embodiment as only including the elements associated with that embodiment and not another embodiment, which can make claim amendments difficult if the examiner says that there is no explicit connection between the two embodiments that would allow the elements from one to be incorporated into the other.