Wednesday, 20 July 2005

Euphemism of the day

The new term for failure: “deferred success.”

My observation: in some students’ cases, their success seems to be deferred post mortem. Following this logic, we can also call dropouts “deferred graduates,” which should at least swell alumni association membership rolls.


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Excellent idea! Send them some fundraising pitches, pronto!



I’m with you on this: call it failure. I’m dealing with this now in a class I’m teaching. I actually used the term “failed” and the students seem to have grasped it, and accepted it.


Evacuation of Saigon? Deferred victory.


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