First there were the management words: “reorganisation”; “redeployment”. Then the legal words: “redundancy”, “early retirement”.
“Dismissal” was the word of choice for the official letter from Pay and Employment Information (or was it Workforce Information?). A cruel word that. “Dismissal” is what should happen when you’ve been caught downloading dodgy images from the internet or (worse) had your name on the front page of the local paper in connection with an unflattering court appearance.
“Shafted” was the word of choice for the author of one “All Users” email.