improvement


improvement
   1. obsolete Scottish
   forcible depopulation
   The Scottish Highland Clearances replaced people by sheep in the glens to increase income for the lairds and chiefs:
    The necessity for reducing the population in order to introduce valuable improvements. (Prebble, 1963, quoting Sir George Stewart Mackenzie of Coul)
   Many of those evicted emigrated to the American colonies, where they stayed loyal to the crown in the War of Independence and subsequently removed themselves to New Scotland, or Nova Scotia, rather than stay among the successful rebels.
   2. a reduction in quality or service
   Any statement that a change introduced by a manufacturer or provider of services will result in improvement for customers should be viewed with suspicion. The only thing it is normally intended to improve is the profitability of the operation:
    Improvement means deterioration. (Hutber's Law, propounded by the former City Editor of the Sunday Telegraph)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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