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24 June 2010


Francis Gilbert

Very Douglas Adams!

Mark Hadfield

It's the context that allows for them to think this is perfectly fine.

It's like TfL - they never say: "Our services are as we advertised, and as you'd expect", they say "We are running a good service."

What does 'good' mean in this context? It means merely 'we've delivered what we said we would.'

Like going into a shop for a drink. Remember it used to be Small, Medium, Large? Now it's a plethora of other things, none of which say anything meaningful.

And unfortunately, it's people like us that have created all this newspeak...


actually "workplace safety" is a standard indicator in all modern factory environment (and one of the most important at that), most often touted on similar posters at the entrance of the plant for all workers to see and actively think of avoiding accidents

charlie gower

hmmm Mark I agree with your point but don't think it really applies here.

All your examples are good but relate directly to the product / service in question. Public health and building houses are not as closely related. Cup names to coffee are as bricks to houses.

A builder builds houses, not injures people. TFL runs a train service so talking about service quality is ok - it's what they're trying to do.

I also don't buy the safety angle either. Accidents happen everywhere. People slip up in the office on a wet floor and somewhere a builder drops a brick on his foot.

Really there shouldn't be more accidents in physical work environments than in office ones if all staff are trained properly and equipment is checked at the correct intervals.

I know this is utopian but saying 'it's a building site, so it's dangerous' is weak.

And W00kie, I'm aware of the practice of putting signage like this around and I've worked in places that had stats before you entered the live floor. But they don't use it on the outside of their buildings as banners they use it as signage for the workers piece of mind - not for general consumption.

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