Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The "mancession"

I heard on NPR yesterday a phrase that grated across my ears like barbed-wire on a baby seal's back. Okay, perhaps not that bad. But bad enough for my tender post-allergic skin. "Mancession".

It's supposed to refer to how many men are out of work in this current recession. And it's so LAZY. "Mancession"? Is that the best you can do?

How about "He-cession?" NPR, want to give me a job lazily coining or co-opting half-cute phrases so I can masquerade as being insightful by simply describing a situation and generalizing, rather than actually providing thoughts as to how to solve the problem?

Here's some free ones: let's call that "men-eralizing". Or "Rat-ionalizing". Or "gener-rat-bastard-ionalizing".

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