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Postby Mookie4ever » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:27 am

Council bans brainstorming
By Nick Allen
Last Updated: 2:06PM BST 20/06/2008
A council has banned the term "brainstorming" and replaced it with "thought showers".
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in Kent was accused of taking political correctness to extremes after instructing staff to make the change.

The move came as council chiefs feared the word brainstorming might offend mentally ill people and those with epilepsy.

The buzz term is often used by executives to generate ideas among their staff.

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But memos have been sent to staff asking them not to use it and some have been given training which encouraged them to use the alternative of thought showers.

Even charities representing epileptics said the ban was taking political correctness too far.

Margaret Thomas, of the National Society for Epilepsy, said: "Brainstorming is a clear and descriptive phrase.

"Alternatives such as thought shower or blue-sky thinking are ambiguous to say the least.

"Any implication that the word brainstorming is offensive to epileptics takes political correctness too far."

Richard Colwill, of mental health charity SANE, said: "This ban goes too far. Few would be genuinely offended by the word brainstorming in the context of council meetings."

A spokesman for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in Kent 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."


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I wouldn't have believed this if it was published on April 1.
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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby knapplc » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:33 am

Is there nothing else to do in Kent? :-°
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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby bigh0rt » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:33 am

I make it rain thought showers all day baby.
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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby knapplc » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:37 am

They really are the epitome of offensiveness in Kent, though. Now they're advocating "thought showers?" What kind of message does that send immigrants from the Sahara regions of Africa whose relatives in the homeland suffer from drought? How callous. And the use of the word "thought" - what, it's OK to advocate thinking in the face of people in a vegetative state? Do they have no feelings AT ALL?

Kent, England - the most offensive town in the world. I shall never go there and visit those fiends. :-C
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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby Mookie4ever » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:41 am

knapplc wrote:Kent, England - the most offensive town in the world. I shall never go there and visit those fiends. :-C


In a related story, Toronto, Ontario city council recently passed an emergency by-law outlawing usage of the term "brainstorming" and requiring that it be replaced with the less-offensive "thought showers".

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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby Dan Lambskin » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:02 am

this is quite possibly the stupidest thing i've ever heard
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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby Mookie4ever » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:07 am

Dan Lambskin wrote:this is quite possibly the stupidest thing i've ever heard



Well I can top that. Try Here
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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby knapplc » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:10 am

Mookie4ever wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:this is quite possibly the stupidest thing i've ever heard



Well I can top that. Try Here

You're barely trying. 3/10 and I'm being generous.
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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby bigh0rt » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:18 am

Mookie4ever wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:this is quite possibly the stupidest thing i've ever heard



Well I can top that. Try Here

And I was starting to wonder if I was actually missing out on something over there... 'Defective Thong', 'A tribute to enemas!', 'Local Delicacies', 'Is there a difference between 1st base and #1 in the shower?'... where's the knitting and crochet thread??
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Re: I would be soo offensive in Kent England

Postby moonhead » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:50 am

Mookie4ever wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:this is quite possibly the stupidest thing i've ever heard



Well I can top that. Try Here

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