A euphemism for 'get a job'

June 20, 2013 

eu(*225*)phe(*225*)mism

(yoo-fuh-miz-uh m) noun

1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.

2. the expression so substituted: "To pass away" is a euphemism for "to die."

Remember a couple years ago when it became incorrect to refer to any dark-colored soda drink as a "Coke." They were colas and you should be specific if you wanted Pepsi or Royal Crown Cola.

When we advise people to go to college, we should explain that it has become a euphemism for get away from the television, pick a career, start a training program, finish it and learn how to do something that pays well.

People say college isn't for everybody. But learning how to do something that pays more than minimum wage should be. That's what we're really talking about. And if you don't understand that or refuse to try, well, I'll bet you're a member of the 47 percent that Mitt Romney was referring to.

Institutes of higher learning are a shortcut for people who have the money to pay the tuition and the patience to sit through class. The rest have to acquire some on-the-job training. They must show their ability to get along and learn well enough to convince someone to spend the time training them.

Learning how to do something involves more than reading books and following instructions. It takes practice and opportunity. You have to be more desirable than the other candidates to get that opportunity.

Brad Sewell

Collinsville

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