The immorality of layoffs

Many of the world’s problems can be traced back to how we use words without thinking what they mean or where they come from. Take “active shooter,” for example, a dangerous and idiotic euphemism that appears in nearly every periodical in this country: What would a “passive” shooter look like, I wonder? But a much better and, I think, perhaps even more alarming example is “layoff,” a word that should be synonymous with fraud and theft but which is in fact accepted as an anodyne business term like “budget” or “salary.”

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Shelly Jo Jacobs

Author: Shelly Jo Jacobs