The Right Coast

October 19, 2005
Even worse
By Tom Smith

Not to beg the question, Gail (sorry) but I can beat that. Yesterday on CNN, I heard a news reporter use the word "efforting," as in "we're efforting that," meaning "we're trying to find out more about that." She wasn't kidding. The rest of her syntax was fine, even pompously so. How unbelievably dreadful. "Working an issue," meaning "working on a problem," was bad enough. I can tolerate a police officer "working an accident." Peace officers use lingo; they need to, and it can't be stopped. But bureaucrats "working issues" are just trying to make it sound like they are working, or rather, efforting. In any event, "efforting" is a word that must be stopped.