June 26, 2008

"Brainstorming" banned in English burg

It might be "offensive" to epileptics or the mentally ill:

A council has banned the term "brainstorming" - and replaced it with "thought showers."

Officials Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in Kent feared the phrase might offend epileptics or the mentally ill.

Staff have been sent memos about the change and even sent on training courses, reports The Sun.

A council spokesman said: "We take diversity awareness very seriously. The majority of staff have taken part in training and been asked to use the term 'thought showers'."

Fortunately, the National Society for Epilepsy and a representative from the mental health charity SANE think the whole idea is nonsense.

(h/t: Tongue Tied.)

Posted by Hube at June 26, 2008 05:43 PM | TrackBack

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I figure they were really worried those, like themselves, without brains would be offended.

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at June 26, 2008 06:57 PM

"thought showers?"

Oh. My. God.

Posted by: Bronwen at June 27, 2008 12:48 PM

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