Irony, deliberate placement or mere coincidence on Richmond Street, Dublin 2, last night.
You be the judge.
(Thanks Lois McGrath)
Further to Dr John Doherty’s letter, the difficulty of distinguishing the ironic from the literal in writing has long been recognised.
In the 17th century, the natural philosopher John Wilkins, who married Oliver Cromwell’s sister, proposed that irony should be marked with an inverted exclamation mark (¡).
In the 1960s, the French author Hervé Bazin suggested the Greek letter psi (appropriately pronounced sigh) should be used.
To substitute intonation in speech, Bazin put forward other punctuation marks to signify love, acclamation, certainty, doubt and authority. Since none of these have come into use, perhaps emojis could be used?
Ahead of a talk on Friday morning for Image magazine on workplace relations, Terry Prone shared with the title what she “looks for in a work colleague and how to appropriately confront and overcome issues in the workplace”.
As the reporter notes, Ms Prone’s answers are “clear and concise and jam-packed with pearls of wisdom”. To wit:
How do you recommend people make a stand about issues they are unhappy with at work?
“Be unsurprised, sometimes shit happens. Talk to an outside expert, they’ll be able to give you an open, honest answer and a fresh perspective. And never, ever, ever talk to a lawyer.”
What are your top tips for managing internal politics in an office environment?
“It’s very simple: Don’t get involved. Get along with everybody. And if that doesn’t work, then that workplace is not the one for you, it’s time to get out.”
What makes a good colleague?
“Diligence, discretion and a sense of humour. First, work out your objective, you need to figure out exactly how you want the issue to proceed. Don’t ever start with the desire to get something off your chest. Road to no-town. Once you have a clear head, examine who needs to be influenced, work out how best to influence them.”
What makes a good boss?
“Diligence, discretion, a sense of humour, the capacity to take the helicopter view and the ability to damp down your emotional neediness.“
Previously: Kate Fitzgerald on Broadsheet
It’s had a Soviet-style makeover.
Amended transcript of Enda Kenny’s speech on FineGael.ie
Amended transcript of Enda Kenny’s speech on the Department of Taoiseach’s website.
And this is what he actually said.
(Thanks Mr Worf)
No, we’re clear.