Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Stop the World. I want to get off!

Here in New Zealand there's a government department that looks after retired people; it's part of the Social Welfare Department. Social Welfare is now called: "Social Development." First off, I don't like the sound of that.

Now, the woman in charge of that department wants the country to stop using the word "Retirement" when referring to what people do when they stop working; she prefers the term: "Time of Choice."

Time of Choice! Why! What a bunch of crap!

I simply CAN NOT believe that highly paid professional department heads actually sit around discussing such things. She had two other fall-back phrases -- they were: "Third age" and "Down-shifting."

And what was the news media's reaction to this suggestion? "Mmm. What an intriguing idea..."

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