July 19, 2008

Euphemism of the Day, From London

This sobering article from Reuters catches Citigroup's Chairman predicting the housing downturn to last another two years. Then the article contains this paragraph:

Bischoff told the BBC that there would be redundancies at the bank, which
employs 12,000 people in Britain, and warned that some of them would be

Here is the BBC televised interview cited by the Reuters article. It's the BBC interviewer who uses the term "compulsory redundancies," to which Citigroup Chairman Win Bischoff agrees. Anyone wanna take a wild guess what that term means?

Those British, always making the worst things sound rawther pleasant, wouldn't you say?

Bischoff, on the other hand, is German, so who knows what indelicate, non-euphemistic description he may have given had he not been fed the phrase from the BBC reporter?

(photo from prankplace.com)



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