dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 6 May 2018: Exhuming Orwell.

We get the first long-form rant about the evils of opaque bureaucratese when John wonders if two human resource managers blather polysyllabically if they don't have people to impress handy.

(Strip Number 6743, Original Publication Date, 7 May 1989)

Panel 1: As John waits for his elevator to arrive, he's forced to endure Lynn's idea of how businessmen speak when two men I'll call Cypher and Asterisk talk about an upcoming project. Since John is only half-listening, it's a load of doggerel about accessing this, that and the other thing designed to irritate people who hate the idea of turning the word 'access' into a verb.

Panel 2: This is hammered home by having John lament that his hatred of using the adverb 'basically' as a sort of punctuation mark has evolved into a hatred of turning nouns into verbs.

Panel 3: We get another wall of confusing text from Cypher that would be a lot easier to endure if he would simply say "Let's make sure the right people get promoted."

Panel 4: Asterisk replies by stating that we're talking fluent twonk about getting people hired.

Panel 5: It seems that what Cipher is trying to say is that you have to reward your best people by promoting them.

Panel 6: Asterisk would seem to be in general agreement with that.

Panel 7: The problem appears to be that since they work in different fields, they have to do things differently.

Panel 8: As they leaves, John sighs and wonders if they speak that way when they don't have an audience.

Summary: Probably. What he and Lynn fail to realize is that the wall of text is being used to keep people in the dark on purpose. They don't want eavesdroppers spoiling things so they spray syllables like a cuttlefish spraying ink. Klingon noblemen are said to speak English around ordinary citizens for much the same reason. Also, we're dealing with Lynn's inability to quite understand what she's hearing at business meetings. Think of it as the linguistic equivalent of how she never understood that basketball and volleyball are different sports despite having similar-sized balls.

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