Astronaut: “Houston, we got a problem.”
Houston: “We don’t have problems anymore. We have ISSUES.”
Astronaut: “Dammit. We have a problem with the space station’s seal. There’s a leak.”
Houston: “I repeat, commander. We don’t have problems. We have issues. It’s politically correct and the old term is bad for morale.”
Far fetched? Apparently not so much. I am informed by reliable sources that the United States Navy no longer refers to problems aboard ship. You guessed it. Now they are mere “issues”. Political correctness? Better for morale? I believe it is rather a baffling perversion of the English language. Now back to my problem of registering online for my health insurance.