Daily Archives: July 14, 2011

Snooty Language


This situation is probably a matter of terminology rather than grammar; but I think it deserves a place here.


“problems” vs. “issues”…"Issues” seems to be fashionable terminology that has crept into our language as though it’s interchangeable with “problems”. WRONG. “Problems” are problems, and “issues” are issues. A broken arm is a problem; what to do about it is an issue. 


How, when, and why did this happen? It's ridiculous.


When some player is removed from a game for physical injuries, he isn't removed for ISSUES; he's removed because of physical PROBLEMS. 


What to do about the problem or problems is the issue.


HENCE, fashionable language aside…problems and issues are different things!  Stop trying to be so linguistically snooty.

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