Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Inappropriate jargon, On using constantly

Only use jargon from a different profession if it will cause hilarity to ensue. Be aware that using said jargon inappropriately could cause psychological fatigue and all-around bad will between members of your office. For example, many bosses use the term 'E.T.A.' which is taken from the police phrase 'estimated time of arrival.' If you are an actual member of your local police, fire, or military unit, it is totally appropriate to use this phrase. However, library managers, should never try to be cute (or, shockingly, in some cases they try to project some semblance of power) by misusing such a phrase. When the boss goes 'what is your E.T.A. on that project for the board meeting?' you have every right to snort sarcastically in the boss' direction. Seriously, E.T.A? W.T.F.?!?!? And if your boss ever tells you to do something 'stat', then you've earned the right to throw something hard in his/her direction. That's just going too far.

4 comments:

the stealthy librarian said...

I find that feigning ignorance is quite useful in these circumstances. It's never so fun for the acronym droppers if they have to explain themself.

Anonymous said...

My fave is pretending the art library is a Corporate Business: Staff, we must keep T & E sheets, to emplement TQM. If you don't, you'll have trouble with P & T, and I.A. and H.R. will be displeased.

Everone present crazy enough to remember that we're an art library, sighs as the Chain of Command strengthens. Many staff are MIA the next day.

Please,we're not Wordsmiths here. Just Massage the text then Shoot Me an Email.

Anonymous said...

My fave is pretending the art library is a Corporate Business: Staff, we must keep T & E sheets, to emplement TQM. If you don't, you'll have trouble with P & T, and I.A. and H.R. will be displeased.

Everone present crazy enough to remember that we work at an art library, sighs as the Chain of Command strengthens. Many staff are MIA the next day.

Please,we're not Wordsmiths here. Just Massage the text then Shoot Me an Email.

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