I keep a list of little things that I want to mention to y’all, but none of them merits a whole Tip of the Day. So when I get a few little ones, I lump them together. Today is one of those Tips.
1) I was scrolling through the SPE Gulf Coast Section membership database preparing for the Board meeting tomorrow morning at the Petroleum Club, and I ran across eight different people who had the job title of “Principle” rather than “Principal.” You don’t have to be the boss of a school to have the title Principal. As long as you are one of the main or foremost leaders, you too can be a Principal. A person cannot be a Principle, which is a concept, rule, or idea. And if you’re in a law firm and you are the Principle Partner, that would imply that the other partners are unprincipled – not a good thing.
2) Maybe it’s because my vision is so bad from reading on a screen all day every day, but when I see ~350°F it looks a lot like -350°F, which is a whole different temperature. Just in case the tilde doesn’t translate well when faxed or photocopied or scanned for optical character recognition, it might be better to say “about 350°F” instead.
3) Be careful when using both the day of the week and the date when setting deadlines or inviting people to meetings. Bad Example: Monday, October 4, 2011
You see, the Monday of that week is October 3, and the Tuesday of that week is October 4, so which is it? Monday or October 4? It cannot be both.
I keep a hardcopy calendar on the wall next to my computer screen at all times, both at work and at home. I make it a point to check both the day and the date whenever I write down both together to make sure they jibe (which means agree).
4) Finally, there is a safety presentation to be given in November by a supersize oil major (I’ll let you guess which one) focusing on achieving a “Hurt Free” workplace. I had to chuckle, because without a hyphen this would mean that people are hurt at no charge. What a bargain! You see, –free is a hyphenated suffix, so if that big company wants all of its employees to be free from hurt of any kind, they need to focus on being “Hurt-Free.”