(Metaphorical Phrasal-Noun & Industry Terminology)
his Metaphorical Phrasal-Noun is also Industry Terminology because this phrase — presently — is only used in the corporate world (usually in the form of “The Higher-Ups”). However — in this-day-and-age, when so many people are so concerned about being “woke” and “PC” — I am surprised that this term has not been “Cancelled”. Because it is actually quite Elitist & Rude in a very disgusting Classist way.
Interestingly — I don’t usually get “offended” by words & phrases — only actions. But this term disgusts me. But then the people who tend to get offended by “everything”, don’t seem to see anything wrong with this phrase… Strange. 😐
So Where Did It Come From?
his term probably comes from the fact that — in the past — large companies often occupied an entire building — or at-least a large portion of that building. And, it is usually the executives of the company — (those who this term refers to) — who occupied the “higher” levels of that building. There-fore — to a person who has a “Lower-Level” job in the company…
“The Executives Were Literally “Higher Up” In The Building“
(Thus, the term. But there is more to it than that…)
Perhaps, Being “Upstairs” With The Hot-Shots & Executives Is Not Such A Great Place To Be After-All
espite the logical description from above — this is also an example of how (in The Corporate World) people often take perfectly good English and change it to fit some sort of “pop-culture”. And I’m referring to the “pop-culture” of “Corporate Language”… (yes, there is such a thing.)
he term “Higher-Up” is — by itself — a Prepositional Phrasal-Adjective which is used to say that something (like the executives in the building) are at a physically “higher” elevation than some other thing. But then — by adding an “s” to the end of the term — it magically becomes a Phrasal-Noun used to describe people. And since it is describing one thing as being some other thing which it literally is not — then it is Metaphorical.
“Okay. That Seems Rather… Logical… So Then, Why Do You Dis-Like This Phrase So Much?”
It Is Because…
his practice of describing people by simply taking some Quality or Condition about them, and then turning the Adjective that describes that into a Phrasal-Noun to describe those people — implies that those people are nothing more than that one Quality or Condition… As if that is their “Identity”.
n this particular case — it (sort of) “Elevates” those people (no pun intended). But in almost all other instances — it does the opposite! (Like referring to people who ARE creative as being “Creatives”.) There is much more to a person that some specific quality about them. And categorizing them ALWAYS limits that person, as well as the way that others think about them.
his is a VERY common practice in the modern “Pop-Culture” of “Corporate Language”… (And it is actually the OPPOSITE to what is intended by PC culture, which is what “Corporate Culture” CLAIMS to be.) Therefore — in both Theory & Practice… It makes no sense. 😐
Notice! — In “traditional” English — most people mistakenly neglect to add the hyphen to this phrase, to indicate that the adjective “Higher” and the preposition “Up” actually form a single term. This is because it is not a “rule” to do-so. (And even though it makes perfect sense — many people find it very difficult to be able to think or act logically in the absence of any sort of “rules” to guide them.) That is why — in The Common Tongue — there IS a rule for such a thing.
* When two or more words make-up a single “Phrasal” — and those words may change the meaning of the sentence if the reader does not know that “Phrasal” — then it is hyphenated, so that it is immediately clear to the subconscious mind, what it is — and thus, there is no confusion.
But That Is Not The Worst Of It!!!
his term is not used to refer to people who are simply at a higher level in a company. Instead — this term is used to say that the “Higher-Ups” are somehow “More Important” or “Better” than others. And I don’t mean that they are “More important to the company”, or “Better at their job”. Even the most “woke” PC nut-job knows that there are those who are “More Important” in a company, or “Better” at what they do than others.
ut this phrase is used to say that the PERSON is “more important”, and “better” AS A PERSON than other people. They are Metaphorically “Higher Up” in their being. However — history has shown us — extensively — that the type of people that think this way — are actually quite horrible, disgusting, and terrible people that The World would do much-better without.
o the reason that I dis-like this phrase so much is because: It is an example of the type of language that is actually very divisive, and will work against you if you use it. Because — essentially — what is happening if you refer to other people as your “Higher-Ups” (even if it is only because they hold a “higher” position in the company) — then you are implying — both outwardly and to your sub-conscious mind — that the other person is somehow “better” than you.
Warning! — Sending that kind of message to your sub-conscious mind, ABSOLUTELY WILL work against you. There is NO benefit to saying that anyone else is “better” than you — ESPECIALLY when they are not!
his term is not only dis-empowering to the one individual who is supposedly NOT the “Higher-Up” — but it also falsely boosts the ego of the other who THINKS that they ARE “Higher-Up” (which they are not). And this — in-turn — only strengthens and complicates the original situation even more.
So What Is A Person To Do?
hat is another very good question. And the answer is definitely NOT to refer to those people as one’s “Superiors”. Although that would be “Better English”, as it is the proper term for what the term “Higher-Ups” actually describes. But the meaning between each term is exactly the same.
The Answer Is…
o very simply — and very correctly — refer to any person who has a “higher” level in a company or organization than you may have, by that person’s title…
“Supervisor” / “Team-Leader” / “Manager” / “CEO” / “Boss” / Etc.”
nd if you are referring to someone who is not YOUR “Supervisor” / “Manager” / etc. — but you are generally referring to individuals in a company (in The 3rd Person) — then the term: “Executive” is perfectly fine — and is in no way demeaning to anyone.
If It Is With Another Member Of Society…
“Mr.” / “Mrs.” / “Miss” / “Officer” / “Judge” / “Doctor” / Etc.”
hat makes the term (one’s) “Higher-Ups” — one which I certainly do NOT recommend using — is the fact that it is both Overt & Sub-Conscious Manipulation & Social Class-Distinction. And this has been proven throughout history to NOT serve Mankind — if We are EVER to evolve to a Higher State Of Reality.
reality which which is considered to be Wholly & Completely “NOT Acceptable” for us to achieve — by those wretched individuals who considered themselves to be…
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