Tag Archive: language

Feb 06

We should all be vigilant and combat racism!

Racism is more widespread than most of us would like to think.  We cannot change the world by ourselves. Each of us can change how we behave and have some influence on family, friends and colleagues.  Don’t forget strangers either! “Nothing like a touch of racism to boost the ratings” or so the saying goes. …

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Jan 25

Tested on Australians!

This point of sale display attracted my attention.  "Tested on Australians" is an attention grabbing headline that works well in New Zealand. Australians are seen as being outgoing and “party animals”. I gathered from the sales assistant at the chemist’s that some Australian customers had taken exception to the advert.  This is a shame as …

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May 10

“Yes, no or maybe”. The diplomat and the lady.

"Yes" may not always mean "yes" and "no" may not always mean "no".
Be aware of culture and the situation. In a business setting the confusion is more likely to be associated with "yes" , which could mean any one of: yes, maybe or no.