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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby AleisterCrowley » March 15th, 2019, 1:52 pm

'Let us not bandy semantics', as the Grand Moff once said (in Episode IV, ANH)

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby stewamax » March 15th, 2019, 1:55 pm

melonfool wrote:lacuna - one of my favourite words. I said "there is a lacuna on this issue in the policy" - dumbstruck silence.....I don't even think they are very unusual words. Mel

Still used quite a lot in the legal profession - in the sense of 'something missing' as opposed to a physical gap.
I remember when I first encountered the word: Mervyn Peake used it several times in the Gormenghast books

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby Itsallaguess » March 15th, 2019, 1:57 pm

stewamax wrote:
AleisterCrowley wrote:
Using 'lexicon' rather than the more correct (in my opinion) 'glossary' is just wilful obfuscation


Or a terminological inexactitude?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOSYiT2iG08

Ye-Gods!

I've just realised that clip is 32 years old!!!

Cheers,

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby UncleIan » March 15th, 2019, 2:07 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:Bracknell...(Does anyone have anything good to say about the place?)


It used to have an okay men's basketball team. And Coral Reef swimming pool is fun. And the forest next door is a good mountain bike spot. I was on a training course there a long long and quite enjoyed driving round The Ring, basically a racetrack in the middle. I see The Ring is no longer an actual ring. Typical.

Nope. I tried, but that's it.

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby AleisterCrowley » March 15th, 2019, 2:46 pm

Was there/is there a pub called The Boot around those parts? I recall going there with a mate who worked at Cable&Witless years ago. Might not have been in Bracknell, perhaps nearby?

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby Gaggsy » March 15th, 2019, 2:58 pm

The word that used to irk me the most at my previous office was 'revert'.
Usually used in emails by certain people when they really mean 'reply' or 'respond' or 'come back to me'.

That used to really get up my goat.

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby Watis » March 15th, 2019, 3:03 pm

Gaggsy wrote:The word that used to irk me the most at my previous office was 'revert'.
Usually used in emails by certain people when they really mean 'reply' or 'respond' or 'come back to me'.

That used to really get up my goat.


Yes, I see 'revert' a lot in the same context. Very annoying, but not as bad as having people 'reaching out' to me.

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby Gaggsy » March 15th, 2019, 3:07 pm

Wow, it's creeping in here at my new place. Just had this from the boss.

"I will be in a position to confirm on Tuesday once the amounts have been agreed.
If there are any issues we will revert immediately."

I hope there are no issues. What will we revert to? The primordial slime?

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby AleisterCrowley » March 15th, 2019, 3:20 pm

'Reach out to Brian to clarify the ask'

(AC quietly vomits on keyboard)

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby UncleIan » March 15th, 2019, 3:22 pm

AleisterCrowley wrote:Was there/is there a pub called The Boot around those parts? I recall going there with a mate who worked at Cable&Witless years ago. Might not have been in Bracknell, perhaps nearby?


Apparently yes. A little way out of the centre.

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby AleisterCrowley » March 15th, 2019, 3:42 pm

Aha found it on Google, from memory it was OK for Bracknell

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby UncleEbenezer » March 15th, 2019, 3:46 pm

Gaggsy wrote:Wow, it's creeping in here at my new place. Just had this from the boss.

"I will be in a position to confirm on Tuesday once the amounts have been agreed.
If there are any issues we will revert immediately."

I hope there are no issues. What will we revert to? The primordial slime?

Funnily enough, that reads just fine to me. As a software developer, I do a lot of work within the framework of a change control system, where reverting a change is perfectly normal, and a phrase like we will revert immediately means exactly what it says.

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby kempiejon » March 15th, 2019, 3:55 pm

South Hill Park is OK. I have seen bands and comics in the cellar bar, attended their summer music festival at least once. The terrace bar is a good place for a summer snack and beverage when it's sunny.

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby AleisterCrowley » March 15th, 2019, 4:05 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:
Gaggsy wrote:Wow, it's creeping in here at my new place. Just had this from the boss.

"I will be in a position to confirm on Tuesday once the amounts have been agreed.
If there are any issues we will revert immediately."

I hope there are no issues. What will we revert to? The primordial slime?

Funnily enough, that reads just fine to me. As a software developer, I do a lot of work within the framework of a change control system, where reverting a change is perfectly normal, and a phrase like we will revert immediately means exactly what it says.


Likewise in telecoms for network changes/software updates.

Most technical fields have their own language/syntax which insiders understand but may be confusing to others.
As an example;
"Site Z123A is alarming" - doesn't mean there is something alarming about that site, it means the site is showing one or more alarms on the monitoring systems

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby XFool » March 15th, 2019, 5:48 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:
Gaggsy wrote:Wow, it's creeping in here at my new place. Just had this from the boss.

"I will be in a position to confirm on Tuesday once the amounts have been agreed.
If there are any issues we will revert immediately."

I hope there are no issues. What will we revert to? The primordial slime?

Funnily enough, that reads just fine to me. As a software developer, I do a lot of work within the framework of a change control system, where reverting a change is perfectly normal, and a phrase like we will revert immediately means exactly what it says.

Yeah. But it's when people "return back" (and, I presume, "revert back") that gets me going... :x

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby melonfool » March 15th, 2019, 7:26 pm

AleisterCrowley wrote:
UncleEbenezer wrote:
AleisterCrowley wrote:Lacuna is quite an unusual word, rarely heard.
I prefer 'gap' ...
And is a lexicon just a posh glossary of terms?

If we had a lexicon of Melspeak, we cound understand her lacuna.



Using 'lexicon' rather than the more correct (in my opinion) 'glossary' is just wilful obfuscation :)


Unless I meant lexicon, of course.

You remind me of the person who asked my why I had to use the posh word 'amend' and why I couldn't just say 'change' like everyone else.

Well, because it wasn't the correct word.

And: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lacuna-Barbara ... th=1&psc=1

you all need to read more!

Mel

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby melonfool » March 15th, 2019, 7:29 pm

XFool wrote:
UncleEbenezer wrote:
Gaggsy wrote:Wow, it's creeping in here at my new place. Just had this from the boss.

"I will be in a position to confirm on Tuesday once the amounts have been agreed.
If there are any issues we will revert immediately."

I hope there are no issues. What will we revert to? The primordial slime?

Funnily enough, that reads just fine to me. As a software developer, I do a lot of work within the framework of a change control system, where reverting a change is perfectly normal, and a phrase like we will revert immediately means exactly what it says.

Yeah. But it's when people "return back" (and, I presume, "revert back") that gets me going... :x


For me it's when people ask you, in an email, to reply 'by return'. By return used to mean by return of post, i.e. the next post going the other way (make the boy wait and hand him a penny...). There is no 'return of post' any more (presumably for a few hundred years), plus with an email you can send them any flippin' time you like, it's sort of the point of them!

Mel

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby stewamax » March 15th, 2019, 7:46 pm

Gaggsy wrote:That used to really get up my goat.

Which, though not uncommon in sparsely-populated rural areas, is illegal.

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby AleisterCrowley » March 15th, 2019, 8:18 pm

melonfool wrote:
AleisterCrowley wrote:
UncleEbenezer wrote:If we had a lexicon of Melspeak, we cound understand her lacuna.



Using 'lexicon' rather than the more correct (in my opinion) 'glossary' is just wilful obfuscation :)


Unless I meant lexicon, of course.

You remind me of the person who asked my why I had to use the posh word 'amend' and why I couldn't just say 'change' like everyone else.

Well, because it wasn't the correct word.

And: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lacuna-Barbara ... th=1&psc=1

you all need to read more!

Mel

Wellllll...if you meant lexicon..which is the ENTIRE vocabulary fair enough. Glossary is usually a better fit for business documents, being an alphabetical list of terms used with descriptions

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Re: Office Conversation of the Day

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Postby brightncheerful » March 17th, 2019, 2:06 pm

I attended a social event at a pub, The Penny Farthing.
Hardly anyone else attending had heard of a farthing, let alone what the coin looked like.

Mind you, farthing became indelibly stuck in my memory when as a youngster I fell out with the owner of our local sweetshop. Aniseed balls were 4 for a penny (1d), he'd refused to sell me one aniseed ball because he hadn't got change of a halfpenny.


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