Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Work Stress is Beginning to Show

The excessive use of exclamation points makes me want to crawl into a dictionary and hang myself from the word insufferable.

15 comments:

Mister Underhill said...

Wow, do we work at the same place? using more than one exclamation point makes you look incredibly unprofessional. Even using one is questionable, really. Doesn't stop anyone here, though.

morbid misanthrope said...

mister underhill -- Seriously. I know marketing executives are all "stoked" about the various products/companies/causes they work so hard to sell, but, goddamn, cool it with the exclamations.

It's like, "We have a new product!!!" Fuckin' tone it down, slappy. Keep the annoying use of extreme punctuation to a minimum. Or just post your press releases directly on MySpace.com where that bullshit looks really clever. It would certainly compliment writing everything in capital letters, which I also loathe.

Erica AP said...

I love exclamation points but despise "LOL"... Is that ok?

morbid misanthrope said...

erica ap -- I don't hate exclamation points--just their overuse. This is just something I said at work the other day that kind of made me laugh later when I remembered saying it. And, yes, we totally have long conversations about grammar and stuff on the killing floor of the slaughterhouse/used plastic tarp emporium where I work ...

"LOL" is pretty damned annoying, yet I have no problem with "LOLZ" as long as it's written in white block lettering next to an adorable cat doing something adorable.

Mister Underhill said...

Oh, for me it's more like "Underhill!!!!! This is the last warning!!!!!!!! You better have that thing I never told you to do in the first place and you couldn't have possibly known about done RIGHT NOW or I will fire you!!!!!!!!!"

Mister Underhill said...

Then I'll respond very clamly and say "Thank you, sir, for pointing out you'd like this done. It's the first time it's come to my attention, but I'll drop the other two things I'm supposed to be doing which you actully told me to do and do thtis stupid thing that has no point instead."

Then he schedules a meeting and avoids eye contact with me and then says 'some people here need to learn better communications skills' and I play dumb that he means me, and stifle the laughter at the irony about how he's the only one having issues.

Prunella Jones said...

D'oh!!!!!!

Prunella Jones said...

Hi, my name is Pru and I'm an exclamaniac.

UBERMOUTH said...

Should I be offended by this?????
I think so!!!!!

morbid misanthrope said...

mister underhill -- At the office, we put up a poster that simply states, "There is no communication problem." It's funny because there is a communication problem, but the supervisor swears there isn't. Maybe if his Russian accent weren't so thick, and he spoke to us without half a roasted chicken protruding out of his mouth we'd be able to understand him. Oh well. Such is the life of a slaughterhouse employee.

prunella jones – Exclamaniac … I like that one. I'm going to start writing that in big-ass red letters whenever I edit something--at the slaughterhouse, of course--with excessive exclamation point usage. Do I have to write "Copyright, Prunella Jones, 2008" next to it every time, or do you take a more relaxed position on all that legal business?

ubermouth -- Probably not. But would you be offended by a retard wearing an "I've eaten more pussy than cervical cancer" shirt, stabbing himself in the stomach with a screwdriver repeatedly while cramming pages from the Koran up a liquored-up pig's rectum?

Prunella Jones said...

Oh, I'm cool with it. Feel free. Of course, if in gratitude you wanted to send me a bag of that green stuff that Northern California is best known for, why I wouldn't complain.

Prunella Jones said...

Of course I'm referring to frog legs. You work in a slaughterhouse, right?

morbid misanthrope said...

prunella jones -- I'm glad you clarified. I was about to ship you a plastic baggy full of powdered celebrity bile. I mean, that's what I think of when green stuff Northern California is known for gets mentioned. The Chinese certainly love it. They claim it cures headaches caused by too much thinking or something.

Frogs, though, I'll have to look for. With all the rain we've had lately, there's probably quite a few of the little buggers hopping around in the creek. With all the meth-lab runoff in the creek, those little guys usually have five or six legs, so there's enough to go around.

morbidneko said...

you have to write for your target audience, innit?

morbid misanthrope said...

morbidneko -- Yes. But I needn't be happy about it.