The Relentless Pursuit of the Gulity

I have been working with assorted consultants who have been bidding on a contract to help my employer implement a new computer system. I do not know if these companies are as good as their claims, but they do share one thing in common; their need to make nouns into verbs.

All of them use the word “solutioning”, which my iPad correctly fails to recognise as a word. This week I have heard “foldering”. These are smart people, why cannot they not use real words?

The subject of this post is a quote from one of these consultants whilst discussing the audit capabilities of their software. She managed not to mangle the language, although she had a strange tendency to give a long answer to questions when she was responding in the affirmative. I would just have said “yes”.

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Published in: on 16 December, 2010 at 22:14  Comments (2)  

Suspicious Behaviour

In a country in which torture is fine, if you have a note from your lawyer, and financial fraud is rewarded with government aid when you are caught, it might seem difficult to run afoul of the law. I have found an offense that so horrifies people that they are willing to call the cops: it is that most unAmerican activity – walking.

I walk to and from work on most dry days. Our newest neighbor admitted to my wife that she nearly called the police when she saw me walking down the street. I really don’t think that I look like a hardened criminal, nor do I move in a manner that I would see as skulking. It was just their assumption that someone on foot after dark was obviously up to no good.

Published in: on 4 December, 2010 at 12:13  Comments (1)