Here are a few words used in yesterday’s press release from the D.C. Public School system about the coming teacher layoffs: “equalization,” “right-size,” “reduction-in-force,” “align staffing,” and “required separations.”

One word not used: “layoffs.”

In the same spirit of linguistic transparency, City Desk offers this handy guide to layoff euphemisms, care of Bob Sutton (author of The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn’t) and one of his old blog posts at Work Matters. Consider including some of these next time!

Adjusting to shifts in demand Corporate outplacing Cost improvement plans Fitness plan “He got the box” Made redundant “Non-essential” employees Offboarded Rationalizing Rebalancing  the level of human capital Re-engineering plan Simplified Smartsizing Special forces philosophy Streamlining Synergy-related headcount restructuring “We’ve decided to go in another direction”

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman offers another: “amortizing the work force.”