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Lhyk shoeteng ghoti in ah baruhl

April 25th, 2017 by Oliver Newton | No Responses

You are probably thinking my spell checker is broken from the title, but you’d be wrong (I know this as it is showing angry red lines under the words above as I type this). What I have written makes sense when you speak it out loud, even though it doesn’t on paper. It is the phrase –

“Like shooting fish in a barrel”

Ghoti is a creative respelling of the word fish, using some of the strange irregularities in the English language.

·         gh, pronounced [f] as in enough [ɪˈnʌf] or tough [tʌf];

·         o, pronounced [ɪ] as in women [ˈwɪmɪn]; and

·         ti, pronounced [ʃ] as in nation [ˈneɪ̯ʃən] or motion [ˈməʊʃən].
The other two words I took from how they are pronounced phonetically. Technically correct, but you have to think a bit harder to work out what the message is. You have to read the above paragraphs to find out the meaning, when it should be clear within one sentence.

This can be an issue in communication within a company. Sometimes different departments use specialised terms or abbreviations that others outside may not … read more »

“Send Three And Fourpence, We’re Going To A Dance”

March 20th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Strangely enough, it’s rather fitting that I should start this blog by explaining the title.

Some years ago, military orders and messages were relayed down the line via a series of radio transmissions. The radio operator had to listen carefully to the command and repeat the message onto the next operator in a series.

If you have ever played ‘Chinese whispers’, you may very well know the outcome of the process.

So, “Send reinforcements, we’re going to advance” famously degenerated to the title of this blog.

Now it may seem amusing and intriguing how passed down messages end up as garbled miscommunication, but actually, communicating accurately is paramount in any organisation. Avoiding the pitfalls of poor communications practice is not easy. Afterall, we give and receive messages day in and day out without giving it much thought. Therefore, because it comes naturally to us, we very often omit to think about the process of communication.

Communication is all about conceiving, sending, receiving, interpreting messages and … read more »

The Letter H

February 21st, 2017 by Ralph Sutcliffe | No Responses

The Letter H is such a versatile letter, yet so often overlooked. When used at the beginning of the word it’s very often silent – in honour, honest and strangely in hotel for example. And ‘commonly’ it’s often ignored in everyday speech – ‘ello, ‘ow are you? Wikipedia tells us that H-dropping or aitch-dropping is the deletion of the voiceless glottal fricative or “H sound”.

Voiceless glottal fricative! Really? What a dreadful term for a beautiful letter. And there’s a reverse phenomenon, H-insertion or H-adding, is found in certain situations, sometimes as a hypercorrection by H-dropping speakers, and sometimes as a spelling pronunciation or out of perceived etymological correctness. And of course (one of my ‘pet hates) many people incorrectly pronounce the letter as haitch rather than aitch.

It’s the effect that H has on other letters that I find so interesting. Put it after a P and we get an F sound, as in alphabet and the very fine and noble … read more »

Bernard Jenkin MP Officially Opens Our New Offices

February 20th, 2017 by Jaime Johnson | No Responses

We were recently joined by our local MP, Bernard Jenkin, who kindly popped by on his day out in his constituency to officially open our new offices. It proved a lovely occasion for all our team to get-together and have lunch with Bernard. We were surprised and fascinated to hear his views on employee engagement and how government are working to increase levels of employee engagement with their workforce. Quite a lengthy and interesting conversation flowed with an invite to add our views on cultural change to the government’s consultation on the issue, which we’re very excited to be a part of.

Bernard was also very interested to hear about our growth and to meet our two newest employees, one a recent graduate from the University of Essex and was keen to hear more about how we’ll be working more closely with the University in the future. He was also surprised to hear that … read more »

To Slipper Or Not To Slipper

January 31st, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

In the headlines recently, there’s been talk about introducing new laws to make dress code in the workplace equal. This follows various cases where women have either been fired or sent home for not wearing high heels at work, sparking debates over whether employers are playing fair when it comes to workplace apparel and whether it is in fact legal to impose a rigid dress code.

Sure, as a business, there has to be some kind of policy on what is acceptable attire. Consideration has to be given to health & safety for instance, the amount of contact an employee has with customers, or whether the way in which someone dresses is representative of the organisation they work for showing a degree of professionalism. And of course, for many organisations, standards have to be maintained.

However, I was particularly interested in an article in The Telegraph today, about how some primary schools in the Midlands, are encouraging pupils to … read more »

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