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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of a settlement with the U.S. government offer a colorful look into GM's internal workings. The documents include a company presentation from 2008 explaining aspects of the recall process to engineers, including how to document faults and engineering issues. Much of the presentation is good advice for anyone at a large company whose workings are subject to the occasional investigation. "Understand that there really aren't any secrets in this company" one slide begins. For anything you say or do, ask yourself how you would react if it was reported in a major newspaper." For example, how would the author of the presentation feel about this slide, listing words that should never be used in a company memo, being released to the public?

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That slide is a little hard to read, so here's all 69 of them:

always, annihilate, apocalyptic, asphyxiating, bad, Band-Aid, big time, brakes like an "X" car, cataclysmic, catastrophic, Challenger, chaotic, Cobain, condemns, Corvair-like, crippling, critical, dangerous, deathtrap, debilitating, decapitating, defect, defective, detonate, disemboweling, enfeebling, evil, eviscerated, explode, failed, flawed, genocide, ghastly, grenadelike, grisly, gruesome, Hindenburg, Hobbling, Horrific, impaling, inferno, Kevorkianesque, lacerating, life-threatening, maiming, malicious, mangling, maniacal, mutilating, never, potentially-disfiguring, powder keg, problem, rolling sarcophagus (tomb or coffin), safety, safety related, serious, spontaneous combustion, startling, suffocating, suicidal, terrifying, Titanic, unstable, widow-maker, words or phrases with a biblical connotation, you're toast

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Pretty funny.

#1 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-20 11:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

Watch John Oliver Eviscerate GM Over The Recall Scandal

jalopnik.com

using lots of those words, lol.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-20 11:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

People at GM must be pretty funny. You know management did not just pull "Cobain" and "Kevorkianesque" out of thin air. People must have been using those references enough for management to find out.

#3 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-20 03:34 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

What, no "lemon" or "jalopy"?

#4 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-20 04:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Profit"? or "payback American taxpaers"?

#5 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-05-20 04:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

You can't say "evil"?

I have a feeling they're censoring attempts to talk about more than the cars themselves.

It sounds more like they were censoring those describing what the company was doing.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-20 04:49 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

And 'bitches' ain't one of them.

#7 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-05-20 05:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5 | Posted by Dalton

Note this was from 2008...

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-05-20 05:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Let's just say that most of the people in the positions today that are related to the deadly ignition switch recall are no longer there or at least long gone from those positions. I am not saying GM is perfect, but I know they are making a product far superior to what they used to make - at least in cars.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-05-20 05:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 | Posted by Sully

Yes Engineers in particular can be a creative bunch when it comes to words... I work with a bunch of former GM / Delphi engineers. Most of them like to create such words.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-05-20 05:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ironically, GM has no issue with you using the term "69", at least according to this list...

#11 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-05-20 06:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Corvair-like

ROFL

#12 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2014-05-20 06:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

The nature of the suit indicates this list was circulated and became mandatory prior to being legally constructed for corporate dissemination. GM are attempting to provide evidence that their documents were not "diluting the safety message" for their workforce.

#13 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-20 08:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

They can use the dreaded (Gasp!) 'N-word' still??

#14 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-21 12:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

I am not saying GM is perfect, but I know they are making a product far superior to what they used to make - at least in cars.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-05-20 05:44 PM

Damning with faint praise.

#15 | Posted by morris at 2014-05-21 04:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

Note this was from 2008...

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-05-20 05:42 PM | Reply | Flag

Yeah. They have known about the ignition problems since 2005 and Obama ran on saving the greedy ________ in 2012. Your point?

#16 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-05-21 11:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

....when will people learn.

This sort of thing NEVER, EVER works.

Lets say that 'deathtrap' cars get described as 'not performing at specification' for a few years....

Take just ONE guess what everyday people (and late comedians) will start using the phrase "not performing at specification" to mean. (If you guessed 'deathtrap' you guessed right).

They stopped using 'retarded' and started using 'special'. We all know how THAT worked out. Whatever word is used to disguise something BECOMES the new word.

This sort of double speak AT BEST always fails, and usually causes other problems along the way.

#17 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-05-21 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

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