Do big words impress you?
[size=1]Another inspiration coutesy of the “Quest for the Longest Thread”!
We’ve all been in the situation, where someone wants to impress someone with the breadth of their knowledge, and actually possessing the breadth of a tightrope, they substitute words which most of us need to refer back to that little dictionary [/size][/size]in our heads [font=Garamond][size=2][font=Verdana]of rarely encountered words, or for the younger of us, a real dictionary.
Just as an example, a colleague in my company recently (past 3 months) submitted a full A4 length letter to a vendor, which the vendor faxed back with “???” scrawled across it. After approximately 20 minutes of mine & another colleagues time, deleting cross talk & substituting normal words for rediculous words, the letter read…
- We’ve given you guys an order with quantities & item descriptions. (please see attached original order)
- You’ve sent us the wrong quantities of some items.
- Please refer to the original quantites & compare this to what you have sent us. Please pickup/deliver the difference.
This letter was to a basic electrical vendor, the vendors assistants unlikely to be highly educated, hence the “???”.
I feel that this Colleague is obviously a moron, as he can’t adapt his style of writing to suit the purpose!
Additionally, he’s spent way too much time writing a letter, which I & most of my colleagues, and most intelligent people for that matter, would type/scrawl across 3 lines & fax, or better yet, make a 30 second telephone call to the vendor.
Are you guys impressed by people like this?