The Hump Day Humor-Gram March 31, 2004 Issue #83

In this issue . . .

1. Say What?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Say What?

Workplace language has been in the news as of late.

Donald Trump, being the sweet guy that he is, is attempting to
trademark the phrase “You’re fired!” while a survey of the most
overused, annoying and cliché phrases revealed “at the end of the
day” as the big winner.

So this simple question for you today: Is your workplace
language killing creativity, squashing humanity and suppressing
humour by being overwrought, bureaucratic, inhumane or just
plain boring?

We can’t underestimate the power of language to stimulate
ideas, help us connect with people and to create a more open and
humane workplace. Simple things can and do make a difference.

WestJet Airlines doesn’t have a Human Resources Department, they
have a “People Department.” Which one sounds friendly?

One client of mine doesn’t meet in the “boardroom,” they meet in
the “Inspiration Centre.”

And do you use toothpicks, or as the Pentagon likes to call them:
inter-dental stimulators!

So start lightening up your workplace by lightening up your language.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Burger King, in an effort to retain and attract new customers in
a faltering market, is creating some new fun words to make
it the experience well, more fun. So instead of refills, they’ll
have “freefills,” and the last fry sitting in the bottom of a
food bag will become known as a “baggler.”

So run with the Burger King idea and create a FUN language
of your own, perfectly suited to your own workplace, profession
or office. I mean, if we have to have buzzwords and bureaucratese
at least we should try make it sound lively and fun?
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3. Quote of the Week

The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing
is to be taken too seriously. Samuel Butler
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Finally, the scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
British physicists have devised the definitive mathematical formula
that lets women (or men, I guess) know the highest possible
heel height they can wear on their foot. The equation takes not only
the woman’s shoe size, but also the number of years she has worn
heels, the amount of alcohol she has consumed and her desired
sex appeal.

And here I spent all that time in those high school physics classes
wondering what any of this stuff was good for . . .

Happy hump day everyone!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
found at http://www.mikekerr.com

International speaker Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is
the author of five books, including When Do You Let the Animals
Out? and You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work. Michael
delivers keynote talks and workshops on humor in the workplace,
business creativity and public speaking skills.

mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
http://www.mikekerr.com
1-866-609-2640

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