Unfortunately, the first month's target was not only met but exceeded, with 50 points accrued by 16 March and almost half a month to go. April was a little better with 48 points earned. We're halfway through May and the total is sitting at just 11. A reformed swearer? Or are we just so attuned to these words that we're no longer conscious of when they're uttered? To be fair, she is very good at self-reporting, sometimes emerging from a meeting room to take up a whiteboard marker and add tallies to the chart without even explaining herself.
We may have found another solution to help our highly strung swearing colleague. Someone suggested a new word of the day: suboptimal. Apparently it's acceptable as both a word and a sentiment. It can be embellished with emotion and gestures but is not offensive in itself.
Looking at its definition, it could work well in everyday conversation. Here are some examples:
"That idea is suboptimal."It wouldn't always work, though. Try saying these paraphrased sentences:
"This document is completely suboptimal."
"I don't know what you're thinking but it sounds quite suboptimal to me."
"Another suboptimal meeting." *rolls eyes*
"Suboptimal off, you suboptimal piece of suboptimal!"Will it work? Only time will tell if this is just another suboptimal idea.
"Why doesn't anyone suboptimal listen to me?"