Words Are Tools
- Words are tools of communication. Unfortunately, words often have
different meanings for different people. Here are some examples.....
- It is in process - So wrapped up in red tape that the situation is almost
- We will look into it - By the time the wheel makes a full turn we assume
you will have forgotten it, too.
- A program - Any assignment that can't be completed by one telephone call.
- Expedite - To confound confusion with commotion.
- Channels - The trail left by interoffice memos.
- Coordinator - The guy who has a desk between two expediters.
- Consultant (or Expert) - Any ordinary guy more than 50 miles from home.
- To activate - To make copies and add more names to the memo.
- To implement a program - Hire more people and expand the office.
- Under consideration - Never heard of it.
- Under active consideration - We're looking in the files for it.
- In the earliest stage of finalization - Haven't started it yet.
- A meeting - A mass mulling by master minds.
- A conference - A place where conversation is substituted by the dreariness
of labor and the loneliness of thought.
- To negotiate - To seek a meeting of the minds without knocking together of
- Re-orientation - Getting used to work again.
- Reliable source - The guy you just met.
- Informed source - The guy who told the guy you just met.
- Unimpeachable source - The guy who started the rumor originally.
- A clarification - To fill in the background with so many details that the
foreground goes underground.
- We are making a survey - We need more time to think of an answer.
- Note and Initial - Let's spread the responsibility for this.
- Let's get together on this - I'm assuming you are as confused as I am.
- See me, or Let's discuss - Come down to my office. I'm lonesome.
- Give us the benefit of your present thinking - We'll listen to what you
have to say as long as it doesn't interfere with what we've already decided
- We will advise you in due course - If we figure it out, we'll let you know.
- To give someone the picture - A long confused and inaccurate statement to a
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