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Thread #84262   Message #1560048
Posted By: HuwG
09-Sep-05 - 04:18 PM
Thread Name: BS: Abuse of words
Subject: RE: BS: Abuse of words
A pet hate of mine, which mercifully seems to be less prevalent nowadays; the use of "situation" in PR-speak.

"We have an ongoing fire situation ..." Why can't the mealy-mouthed fool just say "The building's on fire!"

Mix with "Catch-22", and practically every conundrum is described as a "Catch-22 situation". The one thing I can guarantee about people using this cliche is that they have never read Joseph Heller's work.