Quite exciting, this Twitter magic: I just learned the word “educationalist” exists.
I thought “educator” was bad enough, as it combines inflationary titling (“team associate” etc) with a macabre,* Khmer Rouge-esque flair. Next they’ll be calling us “instructional delivery curators.”
It reminds me of a conversation with my dad, who worked for the VA. “Personnel!” he’d say when he picked up the phone, for that’s what his department was called back then. When I was just out of college and looking for a job, I made the error of mentioning that I was going to call a human resources department.
“What are you going to tell them?” he asked. “That you have 180 lbs of human resources to offer?”
It’s been difficult for me to use that term without wincing since.
And, I just checked… but I won’t have the heart to break it to the old man: now the VA calls it the “Office of Human Resources Management.”
*In the original sense of the word as well as Anthony Blanche’s sense.