Monday, October 23, 2006

What They Say and What They Mean: Interpreting Workplace Phrases

"That's very creative."
We don't like creative.

"I'll back you to the hilt but, of course, I can't say anything right now."
My support will consist of meaningful hand gestures.

"Let's run it by the committee."
And then it will be unrecognizable.

"Your research is impressive."
My control over your information sources must be slipping.

"We value diversity."
Except for intellectual diversity, of course.

"The CEO knows about your work."
And you wouldn't believe what I've told him.

"We don't have the time to run it by the lawyers."
We'll mysteriously find the time later if we get sued.

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