issues vs problems : Common Errors in English

About issues vs problems

An “issue” used to be a matter for consideration or discussion. For instance, a group might discuss the issue of how best to raise funds for its scholarship program. But people could also disagree with each other by saying “I take issue [disagree] with you on that point.” But then mental health professionals began to talk about “child-rearing issues“ and “relationship issues,“ and such. In this context the meaning of ”issues” began to blur into that of “problems” and cross-pollinate with “take issue,” leading ordinary folks to begin saying things like “I have tendonitis issues.” or “I have issues with telemarketing.” This very popular sort of expression is viewed with contempt or amusement by many traditionalists, who are truly appalled when it’s extended to the inanimate world: “these laptops have issues with some wireless cards.”

issues in News

  1. Ford issues recall, new parts on back order for local dealership

    Ford is recalling a number of the 2013 models because of issues with the fuel module and one local dealership is having some issues getting the parts needed to fix the problem.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WDBJ 7 Roanoke

  2. MFDA issues Notice of Settlement Hearing in respect of Kelvin Byce

    MFDA issues Notice of Settlement Hearing in respect of Kelvin Byce
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Back Issues: Come, Let the Decorators of 1957 House Beautiful Impart a Little Wisdom About Color-Coordinating

    Introducing Back Issues, a new summer series wherein Curbed raids the blissfully robust archives of House Beautiful, the grande dame of American decorating magazines, and retrieves the best bits of bygone decor. Have an old issue in the attic you'd...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Curbed

problems in News

  1. Natasha Ertzbischoff: 99 problems

    I got 99 problems and they all case files. Why? Because I’m an intern. More specifically, a summer intern at an intellectual property law firm in Chicago. read more
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Michigan Daily

  2. DuPont faces emergency staffing problems

    Already faced with problems in their public safety departments, DuPont city officials are looking to stanch the anticipated bleeding when three grant-funded firefighters lose their jobs next month
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Tacoma News Tribune

  3. Mayo: Problems with Citizens switch? Here's info

    Having problems with the confusing "opt-out" process if your Citizens homeowners policy has been selected for a takeover by a new insurance company? Have you gotten the runaround from the new company, or did you not get properly notified to begin with?        
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Sun-Sentinel

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