From an old Dilbert newsletter
, this story comes from a former Taco Bell
"As director of communications I was asked to prepare a memo
reviewing our company's training program
s and materials. In the body of the memo one of the sentences mentioned the "pedagogical approach" used by one of the training manuals. The day after I routed the memo to the executive committee, I was called into the HR director's office and told that the executive vice president wanted me out of the building by lunch. When I asked why, I was told that she wouldn't stand for "perverts
" working in her company. Finally he showed me her copy of the memo, with her demand that I be fired, and the word "pedagogical" circled in red.
The HR manager was fairly reasonable and once he looked the word up in his dictionary
, and made a copy of the definition to send back to her, he told me not to worry. He would take care of it.
Two days later a memo to the entire staff came out, directing us that no words which could not be found in the local Sunday newspaper
could be used in company memos. A month later, I resigned. In accordance with company policy, I created my resignation memo by pasting words together from the Sunday paper."