Monday, February 17, 2014

A plague of “issues”

In several posts I’ve called attention to the widespread misuse of the word issues; for example, here. Many people seem determined to misuse the word hundreds of times per day. That’s why I was pleased to see the misuse discussed by Dorothy Rabinowitz (pictured):
“David Chase’s ‘Sopranos’ was, happily, written before the ludicrous ‘issues’ plague (‘My doctor tells me I have issues with my liver’) had fully infested the nation’s speech. In the world of ‘The Sopranos’ nobody talks about having issues – they have problems.”
The Takeaway: Don’t use issues as a catchall; it’s lazy and inconsiderate.

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