So, to keep the blog ads relatively clean, I'll just use the word "fork" when I mean, you know ... fork. Hopefully, we'll just get restaurant ads. Anyway ...
I am meeting today with a new client who uses "fork" and "forking" a lot in his conversation. He's totally forking awesome and I like him and think the project is going to be great. However, our first meeting was an interesting experience. The executives I generally work with are older than fork (read that: older than me), and they rarely curse. And they never use that word in front of me.
How did I respond? Take a guess. I'll wait. La-de-da-de da. OK, now I'll tell you. I eventually worked "forking" into my conversation too. Why?
- It was a strategic choice: I wanted the client to understand that I can speak his language.
- I wanted the client to know he'd been heard -- parroting conversation is a good way to do that.
- It wasn't a violation of my ethical code: It's possible I've used the word before. Once. Maybe twice.
(One of you should be able to come up with a forking good joke re: eating my words later.)