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).