December 17, 2007

Workplace Truth with a Dose of Hilarity

I was at work today, just chattin' with the gals, when a young chickie (barely 25) on my team says to me in all seriousness:

"You know, Janice, you use a lot of big words. I don't understand 1/2 of what you say."

First, I was speechless (It is, truly, a season for miracles is it not?)



Blogger Adoro said...

I'm really curious. What "big words" were you using?


I was going to say something else but the cat picture says it all.....

December 17, 2007 10:05 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...


December 18, 2007 1:07 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: True.


December 18, 2007 6:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I had a boss tell me that once. But that was when I worked at a printing company where many of the inside folks were highly paid skilled workers.

But their job didn't involve much other than reading simple instructions that they had to follow exactly. So they were written using clear and specific words.

Occasionally I would make an error in instructions and a worker would whine and complain and jump all over me. Invariably, I would take a look at the worksheet, make a couple of minor changes and give it back, to their satisfaction, wondering why they didn't just fix it on their own.

Many years later, I discovered that they had no clue as to how I did my job and made my calculations.

One of the most skilled of the workers was hired as a foreman in a different, smaller company, after a union strike, where he had less support staff.

He lost his job within a few months because he couldn't do anything but the basic skilled work, which he did extremely well. But he couldn't give instructions to others because he didn't know how it was done.

He ended up working at a much smaller company, at much less money. I really felt sorry for him.

At Janice's company, I would think that people who need to know what monosodiumglutamate and absorbic acid mean would be familiar with lots of words.

I was just reading something earlier this morning about how "reading" is disappearing from the lifestyles of many. Books and newspapers.

December 18, 2007 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years ago I used the word "convoluted" in a conference call to describe the type of story a guy was giving us on a fraud case.

It's a descriptive word.

My Manager and Team Leader told me not to use that word any more because it was a judgmental word.

Huh? It's not a judgment. Saying that we should deny a claim because it is fraudulent and X is why, etc, is a judgment. "Convoluted" is a descriptive term.

So basically what I understood from the conversation was that they didn't understand what I was saying so I shouldn't use words like that.

* sigh *

December 18, 2007 11:30 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I get this ALL THE TIME at work.
The sad thing is, we're communications people. We should be into words, right?
The other days I used "omnipresent" and "ambivalent" and people looked at me like I was nuts.

December 18, 2007 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a fast fish belongs to the party fast to it; a loose fish is fair game for anybody that can soonest catch it... "

December 18, 2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Yes, I am the "office genius" because I am half-decent at Jeopardy.

December 18, 2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A quick way to loose a friend quickly is to solve their favorite daily crossword puzzle for them with nary a pause for pondering.

December 18, 2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

anonymous: Great, a fishing afficionado! I think. Well, really, what the...?

December 18, 2007 9:27 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Hon, is her last name Wiggins?

December 18, 2007 9:39 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...


December 18, 2007 9:50 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Kids certainly cure large vocabulary problems. The biggest words I use now are sanity and privilege, as in loss sanity and the kids' privileges.

BTW: Ray used the word "umbrage" on the prior meme post. There ought to be a law...

December 18, 2007 10:19 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

swissmiss: Just wait until you talk "texting" everything is BTW, BFF, POS, LOL, ETC!

Oh, wait, we already do!

December 19, 2007 7:36 AM  

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