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Chapter 3. The Communication Edge > Classic Humorous Memos

Classic Humorous Memos

How to Understand Engineering Vocabulary:

It is in process—It means things are so wrapped up in red tape that the situation is hopeless.

Consultant (or Expert)—It is an ordinary person who is more than 50 miles from home.

Under consideration—Means…they have never heard of it.

Under active consideration—Means…we’re looking for it in the files.

Reliable source—Is…the guy you just met.

Informed source—Is…the guy who told the guy you just met.

Will advise you in due course—Means…if we figure it out, we’ll let you know.

Submitted by David Harrington, Director of Medical Engineering at the New England Medical Center.



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