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Friday, March 19, 2010

Corporate News Meeting Speaker

Here's a clip from one of our recent conventions! Enjoy!



Humorous Motivational Speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea help organizations deal with change through relevant business humor. To learn more about these convention speakers visit http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copyright 2010 Tim and Kris O'Shea.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Luck of the Irish?

It’s St. Patrick’s Day—the day when everyone pretends they are Irish, and that the Irish are lucky! But in reality, the Irish are far from fortunate.

Not lucky? Not if you count:
  • thousands of years of invasion from other countries;
  • the famous potato famine of the mid-1800s;
  • the latest and most pervasive of all 21st century misunderstanding: the apostrophe!

How is punctuation unlucky? It seems there is an innate bias against the Irish which stems from technology. Many computer programs won’t recognize the apostrophe, which is present in many Irish names.

And even more unfortunate (and scary) is that there are people who don’t even know what an apostrophe is. Kris learned this the hard way after marrying into the O’Shea family, when she called a company to make a reservation:

And what is your name?
O’Shea
Can you spell that?
Sure, O ' S h e a.
What?
O ' S h e a.
Did you call last week?
Um. No.
How do you spell your name?
O ' S h e a
Apostro-what?
The comma that floats in the air.
You mean a hyphen?
No. Just put OSHEA. O S H E A.
Oh, Osheeee-ah. Is that Japanese?
Sure.

When Irish eyes are smiling, it’s because someone remembered the apostrophe. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.



Humorous Motivational Speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea help organizations deal with change through relevant business humor. To learn more about these convention speakers visit http://www.theosheareport.com/. To learn how to bring The O'Shea Report into your meeting or convention, please visit http://theosheareport.com/ or call 303-371-2849. Copyright 2010 Tim and Kris O'Shea.