I noticed some years ago that the word "problem" seems to have fallen
out of favor and dropped from the popular lexicon. There are very few
(if any) problems now, just "issues".
Did anyone else notice the change? Any idea why it occurred so
suddenly and pervasively? Is it political correctness?
I've been curious about it for a long time and thought I would get
some opinions from a NG that I consider populated by fairly articulate
and thoughtful people.
I hope no one has a problem with this OT post :-)
I think "issue" came along as self-help and counselling became more
commonly used.....it might be part of "corporate-speak", too...gack!!..I
can't stand meetings or the opportunity to "interface" about an "issue".
But, then, my issue may be a problem to someone else. My "issue" is
that the neighbor just keyed my car and it will be his "problem" as soon
as the police arrive :o)
A boss of mine never used the word "problem"...when he did have a
problem he'd always say, "I have another opportunity for you." That
always meant that some PIA employee had an issue that my boss didn't
want to get to his boss. If the issue got to HIS boss, it then became a
Don't forget the "concern" era.
But yea, the shit hit the fan and people were given (had it rammed up
their ass) the "opportunity" to "solution" it. Of course if one
considered not taking it on then they had a problem.
When management got sick of the puke face looks when they offered an
opportunity, some 4th level manager came up with how he was "excited"
when given an opportunity. Now all the suck-up managers under him were
suddenly literally saying how they were excited when shit wasn't going
right. All these managers and their wanna-be kiss-asses were always
excited. I wish the whole bunch all went off to a big presentation and
had a J.O. party or something.
Clare for president! Finally a candidate who has a frieking
chance of holding a press conference about a socially
challenged military individual who was having adjustment
issues and some acting out behaviour, creating a man caused
tragedy. Clare strides to the microphone and says "The world
has no place for Islamic terrorists. If you try to convert
or kill the United States, we will hunt you down and kill
you first. The United States is a land of religious liberty,
and killing people of other faiths will not be tolerated."
I've noticed that when a brown person refers to another
brown person using an older more historic name, it's seldom
taken as offense. But let a pink person call a brown person
an older descriptor, and the brown person is more likely to
Know I'm saying?
No issue here discussing such a problem! OT or not!
Oh sorry. Meant to say no problem here discussing such an issue!
BTW some of those other posts are puzzling e.g. water pressure.
May make life difficult if unable to clearly describe a situation and
what is the problem (Er. Sorry 'Issue').
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