Battery- powered babble
Later you trudge forlorn, battery- less and dejected into a hotel room. And there a magical electronic transformation takes places.
How do you describe the sheer elation as you switch on your mobile’s charger: immediately you can see it pumping life- giving amps into a dead phone? Don’t you feel like ringing someone just because you can?
If ever there was a need for new business terms, it is at the airport. There you are 20 minutes after leaving the plane huddled around a carousel waiting for baggage, regretting that you didn’t have the foresight to pack everything into a cabin bag. Like a hostage you stand, eyes piercing the black plastic strips, waiting for and willing the belt to move.
Suddenly it starts. The black plastic strips flutter; a bag appears. It’s yours. Yours is the first bag yielded by the Baggage- Handling Gods. A rush of extreme pleasure ripples across your body as you lean into the crowd to claim your bag. There is no known term for this experience of heightened baggage consciousness, although I think baggasm’’ is pretty close to the mark.
Back in the office and the need for new terms continues. How do you describe the feeling of futility and boredom you experience when you agree to a one- hour meeting but within the first 30 seconds you know it’s pointless you being there. But you have to stick it out. Then again this leads to another feeling of elation as you leave 59 minutes later.
More than 300 years ago the French established the Academie Francaise to protect the integrity of their native language. We need a Corporate Academy where philosophers and theologians might discuss and muse over precisely the right term to describe the feelings, the circumstances and the situations that corporates frequently find themselves in. Their first task would be to ratify my especially coined term, the baggasm’’.