Longevity Word Jumbles! Round 2. Spell out the word or phrase as you see it, then ask yourself to twist the meaning or ditch it.
This week’s word – “pensioner”. If you’re looking for a place to lodge while touring Brussels, you can stay in a pension which is a boarding house, so you are a pensioner. In the UK you could be called an O.A.P. – which is often a not so nice flippant remark even if you aren’t collecting a pension.
Over the last decade or two, pension plans of the 1950’s-60’s were built on the promise of full life long employment as an expectation upon a retirement from an organization. Both have been redefined if not all but disappeared. That makes it harder to call yourself a pensioner. And if you do get a “pension” it’s only a part of your overall self-managed “retirement” scheme. Entitlement is now empowerment.
You decide. Twist it or ditch It?