Sunday, 26 February 2012 06:03

Defusing Logic Bombs - Tutorial 1

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‘Logic Bombs’ are words or phrases that are logically impossible. Here’s an example from a recruitment ad:

LOGIC BOMB:  Your role will be responsible for managing, developing and overseeing operations.

A ‘role’ cannot be held ‘responsible’ for things. Responsibility is exclusive to human beings. The fix is simple; replace ‘your role’ with ‘you’.

LOGIC BOMB EDITED:  You will be responsible for managing, developing and overseeing operations.

Sadly, this is a common example of HR-speak. Like their cousins in government bureaucracies, Human Resources writers use language which absolves all humans of all responsibility for anything. That way they don’t have to blame anybody for failing to perform.

To see more logic bombs defused, check out the video tutorial. And thank you again for being interested in better business writing.

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