Corporate Language

‘A challenging market’ – a difficult market. ‘A difficult market’ – totally bl*ody impossible. ‘We see an up-turn later in the year’ – it can’t get any worse. ‘We are working on improving our performance’ – we’ve sacked the whole team. ‘Left the company unexpectedly’ – topped himself. ‘Left to develop his career elsewhere’ – Read more about Corporate Language[…]

The State Patrol Chief

“Next,” the conference emcee announced, “we have the chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, Roger Ledding, who is here with his lovely wife, Beverly.” The chief took his place at the lectern. “I’m a little nervous,” he began, “getting up before this distinguished audience and speaking today. But not nearly as nervous as I will Read more about The State Patrol Chief[…]

Sales Offer for American

As US tourists in Israel, a man and his wife were sitting outside a Bethlehem souvenir shop, waiting for fellow tourists. A  salesman approached them carrying belts. After an impassioned sales talk yielded no results, he asked where they were from. ‘America,’ the husband replied. Looking at her dark hair and olive skin, the Arab Read more about Sales Offer for American[…]