Government wordsmiths need some ‘upskilling’

Learned a new word this morning, courtesy of the provincial government.

The news release updating the province’s tech strategy contains the following sentence: “The program provides upskilling and new skills development.”

Didn’t know that “upskilling” was a word. Neither does my spell checker, which keeps underlining it in red. Doesn’t seem to be in my dictionary either. Oh well, what do I and Oxford know? The wordsmiths in Wonderland know all.

However, glad to see all those tech grads will be upskilled, now they will be able to put it in context when they ask: “Want to upsize those fries?”

Ramblings of a recovering newspaper editor


About Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips is an award-winning journalist and columnist with more than 30 years experience. He was the winner of the 2009 Best Editorial award at the British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray awards, in 2007 he won the association’s Best Columnist award. In 2004, he placed third in the Canadian Community Newspaper best columnist category and, in 2003, placed second. He is the former editor of the Prince George Free Press.