OT issues vs. problems??

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Stormin Mormon wrote:

I got picked on in school, shouldn't I get respirations[sic] from the board of education?
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You might be able to find a lawyer who would take that one on.
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wrote:

I noticed. I even posted about this on alt.english.usage about a month ago.
I especially noticed when the judge on the People's Court said something about a woman in the courtroom having problems. The womane very sternly, firmly, maybe angrily, said, "I don't problems. I have issues."
Maybe it's a sign of weakness to have problems, but issue has other meanings too?

I don't know if it is sudden or not. Maybe so if it only started a couple years ago, but I also don't know when it started. Maybe much longer?

I think "political correctness" is a silly term. It has always been proper not to say offensive things, especially when the ones who will be offended are either present or will hear or read it later.
The people who most complain about political correctness are the ones who don't mind being rude, offensive, obnoxious. In fact the ones who complain the most like being that way but don't like being criticized for it.

I don't.
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wrote Re Re: OT issues vs. problems??:

In my mind, problem has a slight negative connotation. If a problem isn't fixed, something undesirable will likely result. Whereas, issue does not carry that conation in my mind. An issues can be addressed or ignored, and something undesirable may or may not happen.
If I had a personality problem, I would much rather it be described as an issue, that way I wouldn't feel pressured to address it. That's why I personally consider it to be bull-shit feel-good double-speak.
Like so much else in American (and maybe Western) culture.
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Caesar Romano wrote:

People treated Hamlet's remarks and behavior as issues: something they wished to discuss with him. Under it all, the king and queen considered it his problem: he had to shape up or suffer the consequences.
When Ophelia spoke and acted inappropriately, people considered it her problem, not an issue. They claimed to love her but felt that she might as well be dead if she had a problem she couldn't handle.
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Caesar Romano wrote:

I suspect that it is a trickle-down from business-speak. According to upper management, you never have a "problem," you have an "opportunity" (to satisfy/impress a customer with your handing of a "situation.")
Well, yeah, there's that, but sometimes I have real problems, as well. (I just don't use that word when talking to customers.)
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Caesar Romano wrote:

An issue is a problem for debate or discussion. In business, counseling, or usenet, problems are likely to be issues. Sometimes calling a problem an issue is a demand for attention or a way of laying responsibility on somebody else.
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Caesar Romano wrote:

Years ago, the medical electronics company I worked for ordered all "bug lists" destroyed, and "issues" were the only suitable name for such things in the future.
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Bob F wrote:

I should add, I'm sure it all came down from the lawyers, with lawsuits in mind.
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Caesar Romano wrote:

Zounds! I can hardly believe my eyes! I checked the MW online dictionary and it appears the two words are synonyms :o)
Lookee here: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/issue
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Oh, you have off topic post issues? The one I don't like is some how our elected representatives turned into our nation's leaders.
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on 11/10/2009 2:44 PM (ET) Caesar Romano wrote the following:

What about 'math problems' in school? Are they now 'math issues'?
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willshak wrote:

They are problems because the individual is expected to solve them.
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Caesar Romano wrote:

Whether it's called an "issue" or a "problem," if it can be fixed with money, it's actually neither. It's an "expense."
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HeyBub wrote:

I have problems with my issues,.... or is it the other way around? -me wanders off muttering to myself-
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Caesar Romano wrote:

Hmm, You deal with an issue, you solve the problem.
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"Problem" has a negative meaning like something is wrong that may not have a solution. "Issue" sounds like an anomaly that can be corrected. At least at the workplace, never present a problem (or issue) which you do not have a suggestion for a fix else you may be labeled as a "problem" and not a "problem solver."
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