(One night, after a hard working day, Frank and Wayne met
coincidently at a bar.)
Frank: Hey, have a pint, mate?
Wayne: Yeah, cheers.
How's your job hunting going?
Not good. But I went for another interview this afternoon.
Frank: So, how's that?
Wayne: It was ok though; but
I don't think they would hire me.
Frank: Why is that?
Well, while I was waiting outside a room with a group of
people, most of whom were probably fresh school
a personnel staff asked me to
fill out a form, something like an application form. There
were a dozen of candidates for one vacancy,
so I just waited and took some time to check and revise the
details I provided in the form. Then finally, it's my turn
for the interview. At the beginning, the interviewer seemed
pretty satisfied with my CV.
So we soon talked about my study in the uni and
my previous working experiences. It was all pretty fine,
and he was also pretty impressed by
Frank: That sounds pretty good.
Yeah, so far. Then he told me they'd been interviewing for
the whole week, and before that, they'd already put
of applicants at
the first stage because of their bad spelling. And he was
really sick and tired of reading
CVs as if written by primary school kids. Then he kept saying
that people who
weren't bothered with the
accuracy of spelling and
punctuation were not to be trusted
to undertake any task in their company. These people might
not necessarily be dyslexic,
but surely were lazy and not conscientious about the quality
of their own works, and showed no respect for the language.
Frank: Woo, that sounds like
wrong spelling is a sin.
Wayne: For him, it is,
Frank: But why do you think
they wouldn't hire you?
Wayne: I did heaps of corrections
on my spelling in the form, and what even worse was that
I wasn't sure if all of them were really correctly spelt.
Frank: Then why did you correct
Wayne: I just thought they
might be wrong.
Frank: All right then. Let's
check it out. Do you remember those words, the words you
tried to correct?
Some of them.....like "supersede", "accommodation", "liaison"....
Frank: Then how did you spell
Wayne: I'm not
sure. But I think "supersede"
was S - U - P - E - R - S - E - E - D.
It's S - U - P - E - R - S - E - D - E, and the stress is
not on '-sede'.
I thought the stress is on '-sede' so I spelt it
as "S - E - E - D". Why isn't the stress
How do I know? I didn't invent the word!
was A - C - C - O - M - O - D - A - T - I - O - N.
A - C - C - O - M - M - O - D - A - T - I - O - N; double
"C" and double "M", mate. Where did you get your degree?
Anyway, please tell me you've got it right with "liaison".
L - I - A - S - O - N.
Frank: All right.
That's it. You're done.
Wayne: I got
Frank: No! It's
L - I - A - I - S - O - N. That's a French word.
Wayne: I don't
it's time you googled for another position. Remember, it's
G - O - O - G - L - E; double "O".
Wayne: I thought
it's double "G".
so hopeless. Good luck, mate.