thought shower

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Coined in the early 2000s, supposedly[1] as a politically correct version of brainstorm, which could be offensive to people with cerebral disorders.


thought shower ‎(plural thought showers)

  1. A method of problem solving in which members of a group contribute ideas spontaneously.
    • 2004 August 31, Combes, Alan, Meeting SEN in the Curriculum: Citzenship, David Fulton Publishers, ISBN 9781843121695, OL 9406116M, page 60:
      The lesson could start with a ‘thought shower’ session considering the arguments for and against getting involved as an individual when pupils witness a crime such as robbery and assault.
    • 2007 March 27, Reid, Hazel L.; Alison J. Fielding, Providing Support to Young People: A Guide to Interviewing in Helping Relationships, page 93:
      The thought shower process often releases a great deal of creativity and it is surprising how often a suggestion, which previously would have been discounted immediately as impossible, leads to some action when it is considered in this way.
    • 2007 April 19, Feasey, Rosemary, Primary Science for Teaching Assistants, Routledge, ISBN 9780203931790, OL 11903138M, page 41:
      What they say gets written down as a ‘thought shower’ of statements or ideas.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:thought shower.



  1. ^ [1], Overly politically correct council