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Send Me Some Love!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by butterflyliz32

Hey there Loyal Readers and Newbies alike!!

I promise that I have not forgotten this blog.  Far from it, in fact.  I am working on a few things and am really looking forward to the future!  Don’t worry… I am still the same snarky former Company employee… there are plenty of good times to come.

I appreciate everyone still hitting my site, even though my posting has been lagging.  I get hits mostly from people still wanting a definition to “Inculcate” or Running with the Bulls [shrugs]. I will do a full review of awesome (and bizarre) search engine terms shortly.

In the meantime, I would love for all you lurkers (and very vocal commenters) to come out from hiding and let me know which Hell Blog story has been your favorite!  Enquiring minds want to know! 

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Even adorable puppies are begging for your comments!

 PS – This is not my puppy.  But I wish he was.  He does/did belong to my friend Erica though.

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Batting 2,000

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by butterflyliz32

Yay!!!  The HellBlog broke 2,000 hits today!!  This is a great milestone since it’s conception back in August 2008.

Thanks to my loyal readers and the random masses who find themselves here on the quest for better grammar and the need to use inculcate in a sentence.

I have been somewhat on hiatus from writings about The Company as I focused on some personal issues, but plan to get back to it really soon.

Thanks again for reading!

Oooook…. Inculcate? Really?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by butterflyliz32

What is the number one search engine term bringing people to the HellBlog?  It USED to be The Peeing Mantis.

Now?

“Use inculcate in a sentence” [enter]

Really?  Seriously??  I have had over 40 searchers hit my blog since I posted this post back in October.  I am appalled saddened curious about this.  I mean are there really that many people who are searching for this term?  I had never even heard of it before some wise guy at The Company pulled a thesaurus out of his ass and decided to show everyone one the worst possible word to put into a motivational strategic plan since “downsizing”.

I just had to comment on this since it comes up several times a week.

One other that made me laugh:  “Use apparently in a sentence”.  Ok.  Apparently, you are a moronHow’s that?

 

Post Script– Recently, one of my named characters has attempted to add me as a friend on Facebook.  I have not accepted yet, as I do not wish to hurt her feelings, were she to stumble upon this blog, which I am pimping pretty heavily via Facebook right now… not to mention I would like to avoid anyone at The Company learning about this until the book is in the jacket, so to speak.  So… thoughts – Do I change her name in the blog… OR do I pretend I never saw the friend request?  Comments appreciated, as always!!

Can you use that in a sentence, please??

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by butterflyliz32

Working at The Company was always interesting.  Mostly, it was excruciating, but always interesting.  The department I worked for was made up of the the highest educated group in the organization (4 out of 5 of us holding Master’s degrees), and also the lowest paid (Good times!).  We were often called upon to work on projects belonging to other groups, simply because they knew we could get things done quickly and professionally.
One day we were called in to work on The Company’s Strategic Plan.  Our company put out a published Strategic Plan annually which outlined both the accomplishments of the previous year and the goals (short-term and long-term) for the future.  We began to work on the document and noticed some interesting things right away.  First, only slight changes were made to it each year, and they were usually wrong.  Second, the language used in the document was ridiculous, and hard to understand.  We found ourselves saying, “What does that mean???” on an ongoing basis.
One word, in particular, was used several times, and none of us had ever heard it before.  We actually had to look it up in the dictionary.  The word was “Inculcate.”  Never heard of it?  Here is the definition:
in·cul·cate

(ĭn-kŭl’kāt’, ĭn’kŭl-)  tr.v.   in·cul·cat·ed, in·cul·cat·ing, in·cul·cates

  1. To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill: inculcating sound principles.
  2. To teach (others) by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate: inculcate the young with a sense of duty.

[Latin inculcāre, inculcāt-, to force upon : in-, on; see in-2 + calcāre, to trample (from calx, calc-, heel).]

I totally get that they were intending to use the first definition of the word.  However, they were much more prone to trampling people into submission.

Here’s a thought – When you are trying to get people on board with your ideas – Simplicity and clarity are the order of the day.  Try not to choose words which confuse people, or are left open to such interpretation.

Someone might just write a book about it…