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Verbile Dysfunction

| Working | June 27, 2012

(I am in a meeting with several coworkers and a customer. This customer is known to have short temper, and in this meeting I called him out for having a “fit of impotent rage”. After the meeting, a coworker urgently pulls me aside.)

Coworker: “You know how you said [customer] had a fit of impotent rage?”

Me: “Yeah?”

Coworker: “Don’t you think that’s…a little rude?”

Me: “Well, maybe, but you know he’s always yelling at people. He’s pretty well known for it, especially when he can’t get his way, so—”

Coworker: “So what?! You just don’t say in a room full of people that a guy can’t GET IT UP! Even if he’s a bit of an a**hole, that’s just not right! He’s a good customer!”

(Realizing my coworker’s confusion, I break out laughing.)

Coworker: “It’s NOT funny!”

Me: “Dude, let’s go look at a dictionary, cause there’s more than one definition of the word ‘impotent’.”

Coworker: “You can’t say a guy can’t get it up! Not in a meeting! Not like that!”