Note: This week I’ve selected words I think we should consider removing from usage for various reasons.
When we talk about payment, let’s stop using the word compensation.
When Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines compensation, the definition that relates to payment is the fifth and final one (2b).
I think when we use compensation to mean payment, we don’t really ignore the four previous definitions – that compensation is balancing something unpleasant.
No wonder society doesn’t think teachers deserve to be paid more. The logic goes: teachers publicly and proudly LOVE their difficult jobs; and if it’s not unpleasant, it’s not in need of compensation.
I strongly believe there is a subconscious bias in using the word compensation. Let’s get rid of it.
Reason to Eliminate: Subconscious Bias
Suggested substitute(s): Payment, Remuneration.