Wordiness: C2DE

Technically, it's not quite a word but it's not an acronym either. I was reading about the internal reorganisation of BBC News and "C2DE" kept popping up without explanatory notes.

Turns out it's UK jargon, springing from the terminology of that country's National Readership Survey, where grade C2 refers to skilled manual workers, D to semi- and unskilled manual workers and E to pensioners, widows, casual or lowest-grade earners (more details here, if you really must know). "C2DE" is shorthand for all these groups, i.e. roughly synonymous with "working class".

And I thought Singapore was bad with the obfuscating language!


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At 10/19/2007 7:08 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the apple sure didn't fall far from that tree.



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