Say What?

By Leche, Paul | Policy & Practice, December 2005 | Go to article overview

Say What?


Leche, Paul, Policy & Practice


This month's euphemism for being fired comes from a friend in the attorney general's office of a neighboring state: "The staff of that section were zeroed out." Another is from a friend at the recent training conference of the APHSA's lawyers affiliate. She said she had to advise human resources staff regarding what they referred to as "a tentative, retrospective job elimination." When she explained that this sounded as if they were going to fire people effective the previous month, they retreated and cast about for a better phrase.

Another sign you are getting older is how you don't always understand the marketing of ordinary products. At that same conference, a friend and I drove by a store, the name of which was "Extreme Donuts." And later at lunch, while being seated at a fashionable restaurant the waiter advised that they had a very flexible menu: "For example, if you have any fish issues, we can handle that."

A colleague spent the morning rush hour behind a large van from San Antonio. On the back was the following "safe driver" notice: "If this van is being driven in a wreckless manner, call 210-647----." The driver managed to arrive in Austin without having a wreck, so she called. …

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