OT issues vs. problems??

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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 :-)
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Caesar Romano wrote:

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 problem. :o)
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Opportunity -- hilarious!
You're not being fired..... You're being given a brand new opportunity!!!
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On 11/10/2009 12:19 PM Existential Angst spake thus:

Heh; they could charge you for the benefit of the "opportunity".
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A severance fee. Plus commission on any realized benefits from said opportunity. Royalties.
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Existential Angst wrote:

o'clock sharp! I really enjoyed his "opportunities", because work life without challenges is mind-numbingly boring.
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On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 14:58:02 -0500, " snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net"

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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.
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Seems so, cf. (same day) in this NG:

(First): he is a drunkard. (Then): he is an alcoholic. (Later): he has alcohol problems. (Now): he has alcohol issues.
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On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:06:12 -0500, "Don Phillipson"

He's still a drunken sod.
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On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 18:58:05 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"

What's that about. I was just talking about "political correctness" A drunk is still a drunk, reguardless what the current politically correct term is.
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Oh, it is SO good to find a person who speaks directly.
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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 be offended.
Know I'm saying?
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. 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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terry wrote:

What's with criticizing the guy for a post about water pressure? He described the symptoms....if he knew more, he probably would not have asked the question. Geesh!
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It's not culturally sensetive to have issues with people who are diagnostically challenged. About the only guys we can ridicule now days are fat, balding, middle age white Christians. Like me!
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On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 18:52:57 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"

I don't know. Since Mormons are a minority, we might not be able to ridicule you either.
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My people were persecuted in the 1800s, and so I want reparations! Anyone who criticizes a Mormon is committing a hate crime?
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

totally ridiculous....a criminal assaults or kills someone randomly and it is not as bad an act as choosing someone on the basis of some demographic indentifier? Insane.
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