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But they didn't have Google then:
As Director of Communications, I was asked to prepare
a memo reviewing our company's training programs and materials.In
the body of the memo, one of the sentences mentioned the "pedagogical
approach" used by one of the training manuals. The day after I routed
it to the management committee, I was called into the HR Director's
office and told that the Executive Vice Precident wanted me out of
the building by lunch. When I asked why, I was told that she wouldn't
stand for "perverts" (pedophilia?) working in her company. Finally,
he showed me her copy of the memo, with her demand that I be fired
and the word "pedagogical" circled in red. The HR manager was fairly
reasonable, and once he looked up the word in the dictionary, and
made a copy of the definition to send back to her, he told me not
to worry. He would take care of it.
Two days later, a memo to the entire staff came
out, directing us that no words which could not be found in the local
Sunday newspaper could be used in company memos. A month later, I
resigned. In accordance with company policy, I created my resignation
memo by pasting together words from the Sunday paper.
Thought for today
We can never know what might have been but what
is to come is another matter entirely.
C.S. Lewis (1898
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