Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Please stop doing this
Things you need to stop doing. Like, NOW.
Using these two phrases, for starters:
'Took a turn for the worst'
'All the sudden'
Because, really, it's presumed that (unless you're a non-native English speaker) you have come into contact with a variant of these turns of phrase before, and at that contact it's likely the phrase was being used correctly. Perhaps I am wrong in this, but I'll bet not. The use of these phrases MUST be stopped.
They are, in correct form, as follows:
'Took a turn for the worse'
'All of a sudden'
Please take note and endeavor to use them in their proper form from this point on.
Also, if you would be so good as to cease being exclusionary, purposely ignorant, hateful, judgemental, violent, manipulative, and/or close-minded.
Instead, try being these things:
It might seem weird at first, but once you get some practice in I'll bet you find that you're a lot less angry and defensive.
One last thing (this is for anyone who works in a cube farm): if you are having a conversation in your cube with someone, either on the phone or in person, please, for the sanity of all around you, do NOT drop your voice to a whisper just as you're getting to the juicy parts of what you're sharing. It's really super-annoying and makes some of us get a little stabby.
If you KNOW you're going to 'go there' in a conversation, either take it to a meeting room or save it for instant messaging. Because that would be the kind and least distracting thing to do, and might save you from being impaled by a plastic cafeteria knife.
These message brought to you by someone who clearly has some 'issues' with people lately.
What are yours?