the ostentatious display of social conscience
   Originally used in this derogatory sense by those critical of hypocrisy or selfadvertisement in others:
    They will probably become nuns or prison wardresses or join the caring professions. (A. Waugh, Private Eye, July 1980)
   Now standard English of nurses, home helps, and the like, or carers in the jargon, a pun perhaps on their being concerned for, and their looking after, other people. Uncaring means cruel, selfish or insensitive, often in a double negative:
    Ulyatt, who was not a cruel man, or an uncaring one, simply shut his eyes. (Kyle, 1975)

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