Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Proving some forgotten English teacher wrong... or maybe it was Strunk & White

We've had sackings here at the dayjob. There are people who are "affected by the layoffs". These are people who have been laid off. Well, not really. There's no hope of rehiring, and that's what I always think of layoffs as meaning. But firing isn't the right word, either. I guess restructured it is.

Anyway, the woman in charge of transferring a satellite office's stuff to my office told me someone was "very affected by the layoffs", which meant not only was she being laid off, she was also angry about it.

You know how your high school English teacher said that no sentence is ever enhanced by the addition of the word "Very"? This one was.

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