penciled out + fired

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 26 14:46:33 UTC 2011

I don't understand your claim of "fired" being used exclusively --
check Google News for many, many recent  correct examples.


On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 5:03 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:

> An unrelated observation is that I've increasingly noticed that e
> distinction between "laid off" and "fired" has been near wiped out. I've
> always seen "fired" as a more pro-active phrasing, suggesting that
> either the employee did something to deserve the ax or that the employer
> had some motive to ax the specific employee. In contrast, involuntary
> action--such as a result of bankruptcy--would normally be written up as
> "laid off". But, lately, "fired" is the one term that appears almost
> exclusively.
>> Whether corporate managers issued misleading financial information or
>> covered up growing problems remains to be determined as federal
>> authorities probe the company, which fired its roughly 1,100 employees
>> on the last day of August and filed for Chapter 11 protection Sept. 6.
> Or is this recency illusion at work again?
> VS-)
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