Friday, July 01, 2005

Britain has its loons, too 

You have got to love the PC police. They can make a story for anything, even the word "brainstorms".
David Brent would never approve. '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. (David Brent link added by kb)
My apologies to the irritable bowel community for using the word "shitstorm" last night.

Sandy could not be reached for comment.

(h/t: The Cranky Professor)