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1. As I come off the phone to my boss, I swear volubly. It's my day off, or was supposed to be. Suddenly, I remember that my mother-in-law is in the room. What should I say to excuse my vulgarity?
2. I'm not really dressed the part for work, as I was preparing for a barbecue at lunchtime. There's no time for proper grooming so I get my least creased suit out of the wardrobe and have a quick "pommy shower" before leaving the house. What have I just done?
3. I get to the factory and my boss briefs me on what the problem is. Apparently it involves the workers on the production line for one of our best-selling products. In the African market it is known as an "American sock" whereas the English call it a "French letter". What is it?
4. My boss is not the most eloquent of people and I must admit the first explanation of the problem left me completely confused. In what way could you describe his incomprehensible speech?
5. The boss explains a little more clearly second time around. His first attempt was clouded by euphemisms due to his concerns about snoopers discovering vital industrial secrets. Because of this paranoia he has set up several barriers in our information systems so that these secrets cannot be seen by the wrong eyes. What are these barriers sometimes known as?
6. Apparently the big issue is the iniquitous treatment of different workers in the factory. One set of workers are complaining about the practices that allow other workers to claim overtime for work done within normal hours, once a certain level of productivity has been reached. By what name can these practices sometimes be referred?
7. I have been authorised by the boss to negotiate with the shop stewards to see if we can find a solution to the problem. After several hours of talking we have got precisely nowhere and it feels like we have reached stalemate. Both sides are threatening the other and neither party seems able to find a solution. What is this situation euphemistically known as?
8. Part of the problem is the terms on which I have been authorised to negotiate. In order to give the workers the extra money they want, I have to get concessions from them that allow the company to make it back from them elsewhere. The unions are, unsurprisingly, not happy about this. What is the term they have used to describe me?
9. Another stumbling block is my boss's insistence that the ringleader of the trouble be fired for causing this grief. He sees him as a threat to his authority and suspects that he is trying to rally the workers towards taking over the factory and making it impossible for the boss to carry on. How could this junior worker correctly be described?
10. Finally we reach an agreement. It's a bit of a fudge but it will allow production to resume. The first stage is that all the iniquitous practices prevalent in the firm must come to an end. Secondly, all the protesting staff will be promoted to the same grade as the workers they have been complaining about. What they possibly aren't aware of, is that this promotion means a new job title and greater responsibility but no more money than they are already on. How is such a promotion described?
Source: Author Snowman
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