Jargon! It’s the bane of an editor’s existence. Writers are often the culprits, but broadcasters aren’t immune, as today’s example illustrates.
In fact, it was CBC Radio’s Ontario Today program that suggested this week’s jargon term to beware: Unpack. The host used it in promoting an upcoming discussion of Ontario’s new sex education curriculum.
Yes, folks, the verb that was once used largely in conjunction with suitcases is now commonly employed as a synonym for explain, or explore in greater detail. I shudder.
Please, literate colleagues everywhere, cease and desist from using unpack in this fashion. Return it to the realm where it belongs: among moving boxes stacked in the living room or suitcases that are calling out to you in your suite at a warm, sunny beach resort. (It is February, after all.)
Edit yourself, before those of us with red pencils and track-changes features are forced to do it for you!