[python-uk] Python Developers - ReportLab, Wimbledon, London

John Lee jjl at pobox.com
Tue Dec 11 21:42:45 CET 2012

I won't argue with your logic, but if a group of people use "energetic" to 
mean "young", then that's what it means to them (in some context).  I 
think "energetic" has been a known as a standard job-ad euphemism for some 
time.  Whether it has actually been used widely in that way, I don't know 
-- but there are certainly plenty of people who know that euphemism.

It'd be interesting to see some empirical data on what the effect of this 
kind of thing has been.


On Tue, 11 Dec 2012, Rod Hyde wrote:

> Surely it is ageism to imply that energetic implies ageism? In other words,
> if a person thinks that energetic implies ageism, then that person has a
> preconceived idea of a relationship between energy levels and age,
> otherwise they would not have considered such a rule in the first place.
> --- Rod
> On 11 December 2012 11:48, Andy Robinson <andy at reportlab.com> wrote:
>> On 11 December 2012 11:45, Matt Hamilton <matth at netsight.co.uk> wrote:
>>> We just submitted a job ad to a University placement scheme site and
>> there was a whole load of info there about what you can and can't say. e.g.
>> you couldn't ask for someone 'energetic' as it implied ageism. *facepalm* I
>> remember a while back someone from aUniversity IT dept looking at me in
>> horror at our job advert. They said they had to ask *exactly* the same
>> questions of each candidate regardless of how the candidate answered or
>> whether relevant or not. Seemed to me impossible to actually assess
>> someone's ability or suitability if they were that strict.
>> Brilliant.  I wonder if the same rules apply to students and academics
>> they interview?
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