Writing Topics: inflationary language

“Roles” versus “jobs”, or how the economic crisis has exposed an insidious corporate euphemism

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] My parents’ generation all had jobs. Today’s workers, lucky creatures that we are, have “roles”. At least we did – until the financial crisis hit.

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Job titles, hyphens and inflationary language

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] Sometime last year our traffic wardens became “civil enforcement officers”. Actually, there had been an intermediary stage I’d missed when they were known as “parking attendants”. Such inflationary language is, as ever, clearly laughable.

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So what exactly does a “concept shop” stock?

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] My last post about the word “leverage” got me thinking about more words and phrases that should be banned. Here’s another: “concept shop”.

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