Leche, Paul, Policy & Practice
Reapply If You Resurrect
While recently browsing human service materials, I've come across a variety of quotable foolishness. The first is a particularly ridiculous euphemism for poor people: monetary underachievers. It reminds us that euphemisms are often--but not always--funny. Although they are usually employed simply to appear fashionable and strike us as merely silly, they become boundary violations when they are used to intentionally mislead.
A term that probably falls into the former category is "rebadging," a popular term for outsourcing. In itself it is relatively innocuous, but when the notice of termination to outsourced staff calls it an "employee enhancement opportunity," it makes workplace violence a bit more comprehensible.
To be fair, this sort of usage is more often pompous than misleading. Recent law-enforcement examples come to me from disparate sources. A few times a year I visit an obscure part of northwestern New Mexico near Chaco Canyon. A friend of mine in law enforcement tells me that even there his colleagues have taken to using "person of interest" for suspect. Moreover, he heard a Navajo cop refer to the …
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Publication information: Article title: Say What?. Contributors: Leche, Paul - Author. Magazine title: Policy & Practice. Volume: 64. Issue: 2 Publication date: June 2006. Page number: 27. © 2008 American Public Human Services Association. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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