news items i really wish were satire, volume 1
'Brainstorming', the buzzword used by executives to generate ideas among their staff, has been deemed politically incorrect by civil servants because it is thought to be offensive to people with brain disorders.
Instead 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.
Maybe "thought showers" is offensive to people who don't take showers. Maybe it's just offensive to people who aren't over-the-top politically correct jackasses. Seriously. How far can this be taken? Eventually everything will be deemed offensive to someone. We'll all be turned into mimes.
I'm practicing my offensive gestures just in case.