I’m one of those old fashioned people who think that language matters.
It annoys me when people blur the meaning of well-established words, and it annoys me even more when they assign new meanings without thinking about the consequences.
Simple. We have many useful words out there doing a useful job, and when we change their meaning we leave a hole in the language.
This is the first in a never-ending series of pleas I’m going to send out to people who really ought to know better: please stop taking perfectly good words and changing their meaning without good reason.
Today’s plea is aimed at the IT / internet / techie community.
Please stop saying “issues” when you mean “problems”.
Don’t tell me about server issues. Please don’t write about how your Google sitemap plugin caused lots of issues. Why?
Because that doesn’t signify anything at all, unless you change the meaning of the word issue to mean problem.
Please (though of course I know you can ignore me if you like and there’s fuck-all I can do about it), please, why couldn’t you tell me that my WordPress version is causing PROBLEMS ?
Would that be so hard?
Or, could you complain that your Google site-thingy caused fucking PROBLEMS , not issues?
It would have three advantages.
First, the rest of us will be able to understand you.
Second, the word issues will continue to mean what it’s supposed to.
And third, problem will still mean problem.
How about it, guys?