Reading an email from a listener,
It didn’t take long before Ian found out that WYSIWYG is short for what you see is what you get.
According to webopedia.com
A WYSIWYG is application is one that enables you to see on the display screen exactly what will appear when the document is printed. This differs, for example, from word processors that are incapable of displaying different fonts and graphics on the display screen even though the formatting codes have been inserted into the file.
Mortals have come to use the term to describe certain personality types—the kind of corporate folks that don’t have hidden agendas. “You’ll like working with her,” someone says, “With Carol, it’s all WYSIWYG.
Just the day before the WYSIWYG conversation occurred on FM107.1, my friend Molly called to tell me about a manager who is apparently the anti-WYSIWYG.
“The woman is evil," spewed a very agitated Molly, talking about Nola, her boss’s boss. “It’s like she’s got a case of Corporate Munchausen’s by proxy.
Munchausen's by proxy takes its name from Baron Von Munchausen, an 18th-century German who enjoyed spinning outrageous tales. Munchausen refers to someone who deliberately hurts themselves, adding the exotic ‘by proxy’ means when someone else injures you to make themselves look good.
Sounds like another day at the office. How many people can honestly say there isn’t someone in their office that they keep extra close attention to because of that person’s ability to wreck havoc with everyone they come in contact with?
It doesn’t take much. A look of surprise here, an insinuation there, an email that’s BCC’d to all the power brokers, and before you know it you’ve been Munchausened.
Fans of shows like Law and Order and ER may be familiar with the Munchausen's by proxy. Screenwriters love the bizarre nature of this condition. It makes great TV.
In reality, it's a type of child abuse where an adult, typically the mom, deliberately injures or makes their child sick to get the attention and empathy of doctors, nurses and acquaintances. It's a bizarre and frightening condition with an equally bizarre name.
The question is...does it have what it takes to become a corporate buzzword?
The jury is out.
I’m not sure that Munchausen’s by proxy will make it on BuzzWhack’s corporate buzzword list. People may be hesitant to use it in an email for fear they will misspell it. Not to worry. Spell check will help you out on this one.
While it may be able to make it through emails, the real deterrent is that people may be hesitant to say it.
You have to be deliberate when you talk about Munchausen’ by proxy, otherwise you might not remember how to say it.
To successfully pull off sprinkling a corporate buzzword in a conversation requires nonchalance. There's nothing nonchalant about Munchausen's by proxy.
It's not a phrase that exactly rolls off your tongue.
Shortening it to initials a la WYSIWYG won’t work. MBP sounds too much like MVP.When you are referring to someone as a MBP, the last thing you want people to think is that you are calling them a MVP.
Hopefully,you will get through your day without getting munchausened by anyone. And, if you are really luck you may run into a WYSIWYG. But if I were a betting woman.....
NOTE: Molly's and Nola's names have been changed to protect each from losing their jobs.
If you have a story you'd like to share, contact me. I will change your name to protect your job security.