I have no idea when the media started using the word “issues” to mean every trouble, problem or conflict — from an athlete’s aching knee to a nation facing bankruptcy. But is now standard journalese. For example, this headline in the Wednesday Food section of the Jan. 2, 2019, issue — OK, edition — of The Boston Globe: “How to tackle your food issues.”
The story begins: “It unfolds the same way, year after year: You vow to eat mindfully — less takeout, more meals at home.”
Eat mindfully? I guess that means to eat smart. Or wisely. Or don’t eat stuff you know will make you sick. Yeah, sick, like the use of the words mindful, mindfully or mindfulness. But what’s another issue.