Monday, January 26, 2015

A Brief Telephone Quiz

Which of the following is the most appropriate response to a third party's scheduling question:

A) That doesn’t work for me. How about the next day?

B) That doesn’t work for me because I have an anal cyst. How about the next day?

C) That doesn’t work for me because on that day I will be shot out of a cannon at the County fair. How about the next day?

D) That doesn’t work for me because of Personal Details. How about the next day?

4 comments:

  1. its a trick question right?

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    1. Why are the three most frequent real-life American responses B, C, and D?

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  2. Because obedience. Explain yourself, provide an official document excusing your absence or else.

    I personally generally do A, but the pull to provide an excuse is strong enough to make it automatic.

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    1. That's great; you're probably right. The personal details probably come spilling out because people are so conditioned to respond to authority that even the detached voice of someone's 20-year-old, essentially-powerless secretary can make them start babbling unnecessary details.

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