Thursday, November 16, 2006

Logorrheic Insecurity

In its just-released report about hunger in America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't want to use the word

h u n g e r.

(See my previous post and its talk of the old political promise of "a chicken in every pot." Evidently, we haven't come that far after all.)

That made probably more news than the alleged declining numbers of those going (excuse my impertinence) hungry.

Changing the wording "is a huge disservice to the millions of Americans who struggle daily to feed themselves and their families," said the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, an anti-hunger group.

"We should not hide the word hunger in our discussions of this problem, because we cannot hide the reality of hunger among our citizens," Beckmann said.

The report uses the terms "low food security" and "very low food security" to replace the old descriptions of "food insecurity without hunger" and "food insecurity with hunger."

Food insecurity. Just doesn't give the same picture as, um, hunger, does it?

Which gets The Laughorist wondering, if hunger = food insecurity, does:

-- horniness = sexual insecurity going haywire (SIGH)?

-- poverty = bereft revenues of kinetic economics (BROKE)?

-- ignorance = declining underachievement masking boredom (DUMB)?

Just wondering (part of my imagination insecurity).

Laugh. Or....



Anonymous said...

why don't they just say what it is? Hunger. Love your new ways to say horniness, poverty, and ignorance.... pretty soon I bet they will be using that too!

Anonymous said...

How totally LAME (ludicrously affecting moronic explanations).

SoulButter said...

I'm just another Dumb, Broke, insecure hungry person. Sigh... I guess I can find comfort in my disillusions (Insecurties Neither Socially Achievable Nor Empirical)--INSANE

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

Keep 'em coming, folks; they're great!

Crankster said...

Where's Orwell when we need him?

Anonymous said...

great humor!! I can't believe you can say hunger when describing people who are ... well ... hungry. Ironic.

Anonymous said...

this really got to me too...let's just call it what it is instead of disguising it in all sorts of buttery language so it looks nicer!