Thursday, August 18, 2005

i got your culture right here

Headlines from the news last week:

    NASA culture still jeopardizes crew safety, a new report says
    BP must fix its safety culture, board says
    (bolding emphasis mine)

Using the word "culture" to describe corporate environments seems somehow...too cultured. Just another word about to be pummeled by the world of business jargon. Okay, so we've also used culture for nasty things growing in petri dishes but there's a comfortable distance between microbes in agar and museums or arias.

For the record (from
cul·ture (klchr) (or in Lawn GUY lund-ese: KULTCH uh) n.

  1. The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.
  2. These patterns, traits, and products considered as the expression of a particular period, class, community, or population.

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