Friday, December 19, 2008

What's in a Name?

In our new book What Doesn't Kill You, our protagonist loses her job--and has a lot to say about the term "losing"!!! But of course Tee has a lot to say about a lot of things. We've been surfing around for the nice ways folks have found to say "you're outta here". Our current favorite--"Employee Simplification." Is it simpler not to have a job and a check? We don't think so!

We came across this on Bob Suttons Blog:
http://bobsutton.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/11/a-compilation-of-euphemisms-for-layoffs.html
Streamling? Rightsizing? Smartsizing? Rationalizing? Special Forces? What is Your Favorite Euphemism for Layoffs?

A Compilation of Euphemisms for Layoffs

I thought it would be instructive to list the euphemisms for layoffs generated by my last
post. Thanks so much for all the great -- and troubling -- contributions. It is quite a testimony to the human ability for self-deception and obfuscation. Here they are:

Adjusting to shifts in demand

Corporate outplacing

Cost improvement plans

Fitness plan

"He got the box."

Made redundant

"Non-essential" employees

Offboarded

to read the rest:
http://bobsutton.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/11/a-compilation-of-euphemisms-for-layoffs.html

So tell us any creative terms you've heard for getting canned--or make up your own! Post your favorites here!

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posted by DeBerry and Grant at 10:02 AM

2 Comments:

Blogger Carleen Brice said...

In the book Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, they called being laid off "walking Spanish" - had something to do with pirates, I think. Funny book, btw.

1:41 PM  
Blogger DeBerry and Grant said...

Love it!! Thx Carleen!

2:19 PM  

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