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Guppy 1: "Hey, Jane! We're having a cookout. Can you bring the potato chips?"

Me: "Sure."

Guppy 2: "Jane, you're bringing the lemonade, right?"

Me: "Well, I was asked to bring potato chips..."

G2: "Right, my department calls those lemonade. See you at the cookout!"

Guppy 3: "Glad you could make it to the cookout, Jane! Did you bring the ketchup?"

Me: "Um, I brought these..." *holds out potato chips*

G3: "Perfect. Wouldn't be a cookout without ketchup. Have a great time!"

Me: *sighhhh*

Date: 2014-03-03 12:06 am (UTC)
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Well so long as it does what they want, whatever they call it, right? (hands over guppy/developer dictionary)

Date: 2014-02-28 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rynogeny.livejournal.com
Last week, associate and I deployed new PCs for staff in one of our buildings. For a variety of reasons, we didn't immediately remove the old ones.

This morning, we got an email saying, 'don't forget the two hard drives you left on the floor of my office.'

Colleague went to the building and stopped in to see what she meant. She pointed to the PCs. "Don't forget your hard drives."

Colleague: "You call that a hard drive?"
Clueless staff: "Of course. What do you call it?"
Colleague: "A computer?"

True story.

Date: 2014-02-28 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rynogeny.livejournal.com
I guess I expect it to retirees; not so much professional people who work with, uh, hard drives for a living.

One of my projects for the year is to come up with a 'core competencies' course for staff covering the basics of what people in our industry really should know. It's hard when they keep finding new bottoms to reach. (Added to notes earlier: "correct terminology for visible pieces of common technology.")

And LOL on your son doing your tech support. *grin*

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