Monday, July 19, 2010

English is a crazy language?

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, 
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes. 
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, 
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese. 
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice, 
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice. 

If the plural of man is always called men, 
Then shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen? 
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet, 
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet? 
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, 
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth? 

Then one may be that, and three would be those, 
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose, 
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose. 

We speak of a brother and also of brethren, 
But though we say mother, we never say methren. 
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, 
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim! 

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. 
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; 
neither apple nor pine in pineapple. 
English muffins weren't invented in England . 

We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, 
We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, 
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. 

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, 
Grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? 
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend. 
If you have a bunch of odds and ends 
And get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? 

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? 
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? 
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English 
Should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. 

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? 
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship. 
We have noses that run and feet that smell. 
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway. 
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, 
While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? 

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language 
In which house can burn up as it burns down, 
In which you fill in a form by filling it out, 
And in which an alarm goes off by going on. 

And, in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop? 

And if people from Poland are called Poles 
Then people from Holland should be Holes 
And the Germans, Germs. 

And lets not forget the Americans, who changed s to z, but that's another story.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Success Breeds Success - it never happens in isolation

An Excellent example of Cross functional Collaboration.

There was a farmer who grew superior quality, award-winning corn in his farm. Each year, he entered his corn in the state fair where it won honors and Prizes.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew his corn. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" The reporter asked.

"Why brother" the farmer replied, "Didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen grains from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior, sub-standard and poor quality corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I have to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors to grow good corns."

The farmer gave a superb insight into the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves. So it is in the other dimensions and areas of life!

Those who choose to be in harmony must help their neighbors and colleagues to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others live well. The value of a life is not measured by how long one lived it is measured by how many lives it touches.

Lessons to Learn from this Story: Success does not happen in isolation, it is most often a participatory and collective process. So share the good practices, ideas and new knowledge
with your team members and colleagues. 

Life does not give chances, Life is YOUR chance to give