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graybyrd

While (whilst?) we're on the subject of words/language, here's a jewel from today's news:

"a mass streamlining to unlock the organization's operational efficiency by deploying scalable city level frameworks."

Which is corporate HR obfuscation for "we're firing a bunch of workers and closing some offices."

In this case, a company founder sent to deliver the bad news found himself locked in the office, hostage, while the angry employees gathered outside to plot how to get the severance payment due them.

Seems there's no limit to the torture ('enhanced rendition') inflicted upon our language when those in power fear revealing their motives in plain words.

Ref: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/06/startup_founder_taken_hostage_by_laidoff_workers_in_india/

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@graybyrd

Seems there's no limit to the torture ('enhanced rendition') inflicted upon our language when those in power fear revealing their motives in plain words.


In those terms, "corporate speak" doesn't hold a candle to "political speak" The average politician can blow 7k-8k words saying nothing at all.

Replies:   Grant
Grant

@Dominions Son

In those terms, "corporate speak" doesn't hold a candle to "political speak" The average politician can blow 7k-8k words saying nothing at all.

A friend of the family was a Head Ranger with the National Parks & Wildlife service.
They used to have media training courses on how to have a media interview, and not say anything.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Grant

They used to have media training courses on how to have a media interview, and not say anything.

It would be much easier on everyone if politicians said nothing the old fashioned way, by not speaking. Though it would rob the comedians of easy jokes. (They'd be OK, though, since they do enough stupid things to make up for it!)

richardshagrin

Will Rogers said "When Congress makes a law its a joke, and when they make a joke, its a law."

In the context of why he would never run out of material for his humor.

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