Posted by: Madhavi CN | January 3, 2013

Wishing with Rightly used Right Words

(In other words, Politically Correct Wishes!)

It is always preferred to start on the right footing. This feeling (rather ambition) of doing things right and well is pronounced for me especially during the New Year season. I chose to begin at the beginning, which is all about wishing my family, friends, partners, clients, associates, acquaintances and everyone for the New Year.

The moment we utter a word (or type it as the case might be) we got to check whether its appropriate or out-of-taste. The spell-check is of no help to us in this regard. Moreover, when we are speaking our heart out, it gets really embarrassing when we realize we committed a faux pas in our enthusiasm to say it all or share it all.

Before the freshness of the New Year peters out, I thought I might as well take the help of Mel Kleiman, the Certified Speaking Professional and consultant to re-wish in a ‘politically correct’ manner. A word rightly said is far beneficial than a right word. On top of it, I got one of the best in the industry helping me out with it…and what more, it was offered free!

So here it goes:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, with respect to the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all, and a successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other great cultures whose contributions to society have helped make India great (not to imply that India is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only “India” in the Eastern Hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or gender orientation of the wishee.

[Note: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with any and all alterations to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and said warranty is limited to replacement of this or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.]

Best wishes (subject to the above warranty and disclaimer)

I guess Mel Kleiman, CSP has put it wonderfully well for all of us to use. Hasn’t he?

P.S: Wanted to post these wishes directly on FB but I was not sure if long posts in FB were politically correct.


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