I have frequently mentioned how much I enjoy collecting different phrases containing the word “reputation.” My hope is to one day start my own repu-pedia. Some of the fun terms I have come across recently are reputation assassins and reputation blindness.
This week I stumbled over a new one — reputation rehab — in an article by Peter Osnos of The Century Foundation (11/13/2006) on the recent election. Osnos writes: “So Powell and Rumsfeld may yet emerge from Reputation Rehab.”
Since so many individuals and companies have suffered reputation ills of late, reputation rehab fits well with the times.