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Going forward or reaching out? On a journey or calling out? Ditch the jargon and mind your language, please!

Declan Collinge


Foreign Dispatch

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I’m well aware that in writing this article I’ll be told to “get a life, Boomer”, how language is constantly evolving and, yes, there are worse concerns in the world than those of modern parlance. Nevertheless, the following represent a cross-section of the most irritating modern expressions.

Trigger: We appear to have become as trigger-happy today as in the Wild West. Time was when inflation “caused” a demand for pay rises but now this is no longer the case when inflation “triggers” a demand for pay rises. To prevent us from being triggered, we now need trigger-warnings.


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