I work as a budget controller. Now, as one would expect, this is not often a profession of hilarity, like, um gynecology. However, every now and then, there are amusing parts of the work.
For example I am currently working on a project with Yoji, Hugh, and Steve Yu. The conversation bringing Yoji (who is not a native speaker of English) up to date on the project was fairly amusing.
This is a recreation of a conversation:
Yoji: So Hugh edits the spreadsheet?
Me: No you edit the spreadsheet.
Yoji: Right so Hugh edits the spreadsheet?
Me: No, HUGH is his name, YOU edit the spreadsheet.
Yoji: Okay, so who inputs the serial numbers?
Me: Steve Yu inputs the serial numbers.
Yoji: I thought Hugh edits the spreadsheet.
Me: No YOU (pointing) edit the spreadsheet and STEVE YU inputs the serial numbers.
Yoji: So I edit the spreadsheet and Hugh inputs the serial numbers
Me: (POINTING) YOU edit the spreadsheet and STEVE YU, in that cubicle over there inputs the serial numbers. Got it?
Yoji: Okay I edit the spreadsheet and Steve inputs the serial numbers.
And in other work related news, after reading this article even working with the Marketing Department is looking up. Because let’s face it, it could be worse, you could get Ebola from your job.