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"yo, man, you gotta issue wi' dat?"

I know I can look this up, and I plan to, but for now:

Can anyone help me figure out when (or more to the point, why) "issue" became a synonym for "problem?" My feeling is that it's related to the customer service industry not wanting to admit to "problems" coupled with a vague sense people have that uncommon words make the speaker sound smarter. (See, for example, that special patois that police officers have--"At that time, the perpetrator did hastily abscond with a late-model sedan, possibly a Ford or some other American vehicle").

When did we stop saying what we mean? When did we stop understanding what we're saying?

As Anthony Lane said about Yoda, "Break me a fucking give."

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