I had quite a laugh when I read Richard Lederer’s description of the business world, in his article titled “Violent English”:
The world of business is a veritable jungle of cutthroat competition, a rough-and-tumble school of hard knocks, and a dog-eat-dog world of backbiting, backstabbing, and hatchet jobs. Some companies spearhead a trend of price gouging. Other ﬁrms beat the competition to the punch and gain a stranglehold on the market by fighting tooth and nail to slash prices in knockdown-drag~out, no-holds-barred price wars. Still, other companies gain clout by putting the squeeze on their competitors with shaheups, raids, and hostile takeovers. Then the other side gets up in arms and screams bloody murder about such a low blow.
No wonder that business executives are often recruited by headhunters. No wonder that bleeding hearts who can’t fight their own battles are likely to get axed, booted, canned, discharged. dumped, ﬁred, kicked out, sacked, or terminated.
“If language is truly a window to the world and if the words and expressions we use truly affect the way we think,” Lederer remarked, “can we ever really stamp out violence?”
It’s a nice sentiment, though it’s a long shot especially in vicious fields such as the business world.
Reference (Click to Show)
Lederer, Richard (1988). Crazy English.