My “new” rule is not really new. Use words as they are commonly understood, or fully explain your usage up front. Bill Maher has a list of “New Rules” on his HBO comedy with political satire talk show.

Stop calling smaller increases in the projected future spending rate above an already baselined increase,”cuts.”

If I get a smaller than projected raise at work, I still appreciate it and call it a raise. A raise is a “raise” whether I like it or not, actually.

Let’s stick to the common understanding of the word “cut”. If the pilot cuts the engines of an airplane, It does not continue to accelerate upward. If I cut spending at home, it means that I now spend less than I did in the past, not less than what I wish I could spend.

“Collateral damage” sounds like someone’s fence and back yard was blown up. Stop using it to refer to the killing of innocent men, women and children on a foreign soil, in countries where there was no formal declaration of war, by Congress, in a country that has no weapons of mass distraction, nor ties with the terrorists who attacked the United States. Stop calling dead people “collateral damage” in a just war, properly declared so, by Congress, if that ever comes up again.

Stop calling “24-hour time” “military time”. The Military never invented anything. Engineers and scientists do most of the inventing for them these days, but 24-hour clocks go back to the days of the church centuries ago. The monks needed clocks to wake up and pray. 12-hour clocks are easier for watch and clock makers to make, mechanically. It does not matter, once electronic watches were invented. Either way is equally easy to display the time. Just pick the right functions or object messages. At least the military recognizes the need for, and actively pursues outside talent to do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to brains and great ideas. Individuals WITHIN the military certainly contribute, but those are individuals first, and none invented modern time keeping.

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