To be fired or "laid off" in an unceremonious fashion without warning and to have the company not acknowledge it is to become an "unperson"
Engineer 1: What happened to Jim and Carl? They were helping us make this deadline.
Engineer 2: Jim? Carl? Who are those cats?
Engineer 1: They both gave status at yesterday's 8:30 standing meeting, you shared an office with Jim..
Engineer 2 in a low voice: They became unpersons, they were fired. Nobody knows why.
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