What has caused this redefining of words we’ve done business with for centuries? It started when we began turning nouns into verbs. The most recent, and absurd, example of word misplay is the pompous use of the noun transition as a verb.
Yesterday, we said, “She’s changing jobs.” Today, you hear that, “She’s transitioning to a new job.” It’s twice as many words, and, surely, you realize how affected that sounds.
Why don’t people disappear anymore? Now they have “gone missing,” a grammatical train wreck and just plain silly.
There’s always been a thin line between the definition of a shrewd business policy and an unethical policy.
It’s shrewd business from his perspective if a car salesman doesn’t disclose a problem with the car that he knows exists. Billions of dollars in derivatives were sold: it was a shrewd financial product. Was it unethical that most derivative sellers didn’t explain what customers really were buying? In many cases the sellers didn’t know themselves what they were selling.