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AR-558
Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 4:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

@Dave in MN

In fact, I agree with you that "fired" and "terminated" are the same thing and I doubt either word looks great on an employment record. My point was that companies still realize that being "fired" is bad so they may lay-off instead which is a completely different process with unemployment benefits and perhaps no real fault of the employee implicated. I don't see much point in mincing words over the same concept, although changing the whole deal to a lay-off is a nice professional courtesy and not simply a pedantic word change.

@Flip

Fair enough. I don't find doddering to be offensive nor am I advocating censorship, but at the same time I don't like people discounting Picard as a character because he's doddering. It's not really accurate, either. The whole mission to save Soji exists because of Picard. Most likely Soji would've been dead on the cube a few episodes back if not for his efforts. So credit where credit is due.
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AR-558
Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 2:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

@Dave in MN

I see what you're saying, but it doesn't sound like you get that different words have different specific meanings in the business world. Whoever is to blame, "He/she got fired" looks really bad on a record. That may make you want to throw your hands up in the air and sigh at the biases of society, but that doesn't mean companies should just go ahead and use whatever words they want without considering how they can hurt an employee.

As for doddering, it's definitely got a negative connotation. It's hard to imagine someone saying "Donald Trump is a doddering president" and understand that as a compliment.
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AR-558
Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 1:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

"Remember when "terminate" was constrained a preferable buzzword for companies to use (in lieu of "firing")?"

That's still true. It's not about using a buzzword just to be oversensitive as you seem to be implying. If a company wants to let a person go but not affect their future job prospects, they are careful not to put any language of "firing" in company records. It's a professional courtesy, although of course it's still optional what language they use and they may very much want to punish them depending on the conduct that led to said firing.

Choice of words is very important.
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