June 14, 2006
Before there was the Office (U.S.), there was the Office (UK); Before there was the Office UK, there was Office Space. Believe it or not before Office Space, people said phrases exploited by these movies regularly without doing it in a way to reference a movie or TV show. People actually used to say "Workin' hard or hardly workin'?" or "Someone's got a case of the Mondays" or anything Blumberg says without saying it as a joke. The cover sheet on the TPS report, and the guy who claims someone took his stapler, and the paper jamming fax machine, and the few minutes of actual work that one can get away with accomplishing in an 8-10 hour shift are all based on realities. Now if someone says they have to go meet with the Bobs or that they're gonna have to play catch up most likely they're referencing the movie. What I'm looking for is a little audience participation...what are the phrases in offices today that are the cliches and comedy bits of tomorrow. I will even start you off with this gem that drives me crazy:
"But at the end of the day, ___________"
So put them in the comments and say you remember when people actually said it in seriousness and not as a joke.