Magazine article Policy & Practice

Say What?

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Say What?

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It's interesting how a word becomes vogue and soon everyone is using it. We impact everything now; it is as if "affect" was banned. And take "extreme." We've all heard of "extreme sports." Now there is a television show called "Extreme History." (Although my wife believes plenty of other shows on the History Channel are extreme enough for her already, she says the History Channel should be called "All Hitler All the Time.") Moreover, on the bulletin board here at work I saw a business card for "extreme auto repair." Can "extreme social services" be far behind?

A colleague from a California agency tells me that, in the recent governor's race there, one of the candidates said he would only support human service budget cuts that would not be "impactful." Let's hope that usage does not gain any traction.

Of course, it is not only bureaucrats and politicians who resort to doubletalk and euphemisms. Last summer I visited Vermont. My primary goals were to visit Robert Frost's grave and the Ben & Jerry's factory. …

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