Thursday, July 26, 2012

Issues

I'm so sick of 'issues'. What happened to talking about errors, problems, faults and mistakes?

Today, Twitter is down and on their official status page it says:

Look at the weasel words in that statement: "Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue." Three uses of the word 'issue' and the silly 'may be'.

Visit Twitter you are faced with the following:


How about saying the following?

Is it so hard to admit that (a) there's a problem and (b) that people are experiencing it? Let's stop the weasel words and talk in clear unambiguous language.

It's better to speak truthfully than in a mealy-mouthed manner. For once you start down the path of the mealy-mouthed forever will it dominate your vocabulary. You'll have a hard to telling the plain truth if you don't do it all the time.

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