Tuesday, 12 July 2005

PC Insanity

From The Observer :
...staff at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in Belfast will use the term 'thought-showers' when they get together to think creatively. A spokeswoman said: 'The DETI does not use the term brainstorming on its training courses on the grounds that it may be deemed pejorative.'

Sources inside the department said there was concern that the term would cause offence to people with epilepsy as well those with brain tumours or brain injuries.
I venture to say that anyone offended by the word is not merely brain-injured, they're brain-dead. I speak as someone who's had encephalo-meningitis, and has suffered some permanent brain injury. I object to being categorised as hyper-sensitive to innoffensive terms as the result. Twits.
The move follows that of the Welsh Development Agency, set up to promote business in Wales, which ran a series of courses last year to teach staff to be more politically correct. 'Brainstorming' was on its list of banned words, as well as 'nit-picking' and 'manila', because of their origins in the slave trade.
They had their origins in the slave-trade? I had no idea. Oh well, learn something new every day. Like it's not just the Irish who are idiots, the Welsh can at least match them.

Oi Ve.

Guess they had their umbrellas up, when the Thought Showers came, as they appear to be entirely bereft of cogitation as we know it.

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