Keeping It Light

Posted on | March 2, 2013 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My senior director at work (to whom I report) is intelligent, personable, and well-respected. She often employs an incorrect word when speaking at meetings. For instance, when it is clear she means to say “semantics” she says “schematics” which are clearly different. She also says “Orientals” instead of “Asians.” Looking for advice on the proper way to offer private feedback without creating any embarrassment for her. She would probably do the same for someone else.
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Dear ATB:
Your intentions are good and that will be apparent. Find a moment to say “Hey, I think you were out of the office when they declared ‘Oriental’ politically incorrect — now we are supposed to say “Asian.”   And see how that goes.  Perhaps share your own moment of incorrectness  for example “I said ‘sex’ for years until someone told me the ‘correct term is gender.’ Wait for another time for the semantics/schematics thing –  “don’t you mean semantics?” –  it’s NBD.

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