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Linguistic Pet Peeve #82918: Seasoned Professionals

“Firm XXX has appointed three seasoned professionals to help grow the company…”

“I’m a seasoned professional with 25+ years of experience…”

“We’re looking for seasoned professionals who can handle the demands of…”

Is there anyone under the age of 40 (an unseasoned professional, I guess) who is not chafed when someone describes themselves as a “seasoned professional?”  We all know that is just a kind-hearted euphemism for “has years of irrelevant experience and obsolete knowledge.”

When I hear the term, I cannot help but to picture business people being shelled of their suits, placed naked on a broiler pan, and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and maybe a touch of cardamon.

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