Originally Posted by Bergdorf Goodwill
I wish I had ready access to these people's information so I could blackmail them and siphon a bit more off of those sweet, sweet ill-gotten gains. If only you knew the hopeless dropout who'd written your papers, my darlings.
Plus you'd have the opportunity to try to slip in embarrassing stuff to see if they caught it.
The elevator in our building has one of those obnoxious screens where they put up weather forecasts, news headlines, etc. (I think the system is called "Captivate", emphasis on "Captiv") as an excuse for bombarding you with 132 seconds of additional advertising per day as you ride the elevators. Periodically they have a "word of the day" feature -- you know, so we can improve ourselves while riding the elevator.
One day the word was "ordure". The definition given was "foul language". I kid you not.
So, ok, mildly funny that the "word of the day" definition is not quite right, especially given the word they choose. But they also give a usage example -- the old "use it in a sentence" from grammar school. The usage example for "ordure" (based on their working definition, of course) was:The substitute teacher was shocked by the students' use of ordure in the classroom.
I nearly wet myself laughing. I felt like Mandy Patinkin in Princess Bride: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Some intern or employee on their way to greener pastures earned my admiration that day.