>I am super-busy

>In a meeting today I heard the term “hyper sensitive” when someone was talking about a process we’re developing. I was meant to be listening to the rest of the conversation but then I got side-tracked by the sheer annoyance I was experiencing with this poor English.

Here’s the skinny. We have thousands of words in the English language that have very specific definitions. Yet it seems far too many English speaking individuals are too lazy to think of the right word and so say stupid things like “this is really important” or “we have to be seriously confidential about this” or “please make sure you absolutely understand”. Good God. We have words to qualify the words which are already meant to be clear. Because we’re all numbnuts.

So what can we do about this attack on the English language? I’d have hoped our world-class education system was taking care of this. Clearly it fucking isn’t. So it’s incumbent on pedants and word-geeks like me to point out such things. Why though? Because people are too seriously busy.

Henceforth I will be a taskmaster and publicly deride bad English. And here’s an example of recent ignorance.
Bob: How do you spell rapport?
Me: How do you think?
Bob: R-E-P-O-U-R?
Me: No, R-A-P-P-O-R-T
Bob: Oh, thanks. So it’s said “rapporT”? (emphasis on the ‘T’)
Me: No, it’s said “rapport”
Bob: Oh, it’s said “rrrapport”?” (rolling the first ‘r’)
Me: No, it’s said “rapport”

This happened. It actually sodding happened. I had a fucking conversation about how to spell and say “rapport”. Seriously. Why should I have to have this conversation? How do you work in a professional environment on a daily basis and not know how to speak English?

So, please avoid using totally unnecessary words when they’re not really needed. I mean they just seriously add a lot of additional nonsense to a conversation that should by all definition in reality be quite honestly clear.

And if you didn’t catch on, that was sarcasm.


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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

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