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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

I Just Had a Thought Shower 

Apparently, brain storming is offensive to people with brain disorders (H/T to Tongue Tied):

David Brent would never approve. 'Brainstorming', the buzzword used by executives to generate ideas among their staff, has been deemed politically incorrect by civil servants because it is thought to be offensive to people with brain disorders.

Instead staff at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in Belfast will use the term 'thought-showers' when they get together to think creatively. A spokeswoman said: 'The DETI does not use the term brainstorming on its training courses on the grounds that it may be deemed pejorative.'

Sources inside the department said there was concern that the term would cause offence to people with epilepsy as well those with brain tumours or brain injuries.

When asked what it will be called when people are just mulling something, the spokeswoman said that the thought shower will be downgraded to a thought drizzle. During very intense investigations, a thought hurricane could be declared, but those can be dangerous she warned, leading to a flood of bad ideas. The spokeswoman also seemed indignant at suggestions that the new meteorological terms were making her department look all wet.

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Did anyone have a "thought shower" about the possibilities to stop and actually ask some people with brain disorders if they thought the term to be offensive? what a load of ....!

  Posted at July 12, 2005 11:27 PM by Anonymous Anonymous  
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