Bad Words Week: Compensation

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).

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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.

Word: Compensation
Reason to Eliminate: Subconscious Bias
Suggested substitute(s): Payment, Remuneration.