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(125) 06 Apr 94 10:18:23 Rcvd: Fri 8 Apr 4:58p By: bmurray@usr.com, fidonet.org (1:1/31) To: alan jennings Re: LIAR St: Pvt Rcvd Transit ------------------------------------------------------------ @MSGID: 1:1/31 0019936e @REPLYADDR bmurray@usr.com @PID GIGO+ sn 37 at nisc vsn 0.98w32 @Date: Wed, 06 Apr 94 10:18:23 CDT From: "Murray, Burk" A brilliant friend of mine passes this on... --------------------------------------------------------------- Ways to handle those tricky situations! You're called upon for an opinion of a friend who is extremely lazy. You don't want to lie --- but you also don't want to risk losing even a lazy friend. Try this line: ``In my opinion,'' you say as sincerely as you can manage, ``you will be very fortunate to get this person to work for you.'' This gem of double meaning is the creation of Robert Thornton, a professor of economics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Thornton was frustrated about an occupational hazard for teachers, having to write letters of recommendation for people with dubious qualifications, so he put together an arsenal of statements that can be read two ways. He calls his collection the Lexicon of Inconspicuously Ambiguous Recommendations. Or ``LIAR'', for short. ``[LIAR] may be used to offer a negative opinion of the personal qualities, work habits or motivation of the candidate while allowing the candidate to believe that it is high praise,'' Thornton explained last week. Some examples from LIAR: To describe a person who is totally inept: ``I most enthusiastically recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever.'' To describe an ex-employee who had problems getting along with fellow workers: ``I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine.'' To describe a candidate who is so unproductive that the job would be better left unfilled: ``I can assure you that no person would be better for the job.'' To describe a job applicant who is not worth further consideration: ``I would urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an offer of employment.'' To describe a person with lackluster credentials: ``All in all, I cannot say enough good things about this candidate or recommend him too highly.'' Thornton pointed out that LIAR is not only useful in preserving friendships, but it also can help avoid serious legal trouble in a time when laws have eroded the confidentiality of letters of recommendation. In most states, he noted, job applicants have the right to read the letters of recommendations and can even file suit against the writer if the contents are negative. When the writer uses LIAR, however, ``whether perceived correctly or not by the candidate, the phrases are virtually litigation-proof,'' Thornton said. --- GIGO+ sn 37 at nisc vsn 0.98w32 @Message-Id: <9403067656.AA765652703@robogate.usr.com> @To: cpruett@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu, alan.jennings@f6.n3800.z1.fidonet.org, @ ela@panix.com, llentz@usr.com @Via GIGO 1:1/31, Wed Apr 06 1994 at 12:14 EST @Via FLAME 1:270/101, Thu Apr 07 02:24 UTC (v1.0/b08) @Via MsgTrack+ 1:396/1, Thu Apr 07 1994 at 03:03 UTC @Via Squish/386 1.10 BETA/5a 1:396/1, Thu Apr 07 1994 at 03:23 UTC @Via Squish/386 1.10 BETA/3 1:124/1.0, Thu Apr 07 1994 at 09:06 UTC @Via TrackM+ 1:124/4115.0@Fidonet Thu 07 Apr 1994 04:11 @Via Squish 1:124/4115.0, Thu Apr 07 1994 at 09:11 UTC @Via Squish 1:3800/1.0, Fri Apr 08 1994 at 02:29 UTC


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