Some phrases have become so much a part of our life that nobody thinks them odd or out of place anymore. Here are a few that sometimes amuse and sometimes generate murderous tendencies in me-
1st prize - 'Please co-operate'!
This must be the most maligned phrase of our times, atleast in labs. Here is a typical notice for booking a common instrument (for which 10 people are breathing down each other's necks at any typical time)- 'The hood will be booked from 9 am to 5 pm, please co-operate'..nice try..
2nd- 'Paradigm shift'-
Someone please tell me what this means..
3rd- 'Chemistry' or 'Vibes'-
Someone actually told me once that maybe i didnt have 'good vibes with my labspace' which is probably why the lysate was contaminated!! Not that i m ignoring any possibilities, anyone in possession of vibe-restoring charms please pass them on!
4th- 'stay in the loop'
For some reason, this reminds me of those fancy hotel revolving doors that i m always nervous of!!
5th- 'They don't gel' (Maybe you should increase the agarose concentration..)
6th- 'Its all in the game' (which one? i m good at kho kho and bad at volleyball..)
After some days with an overdose of these ( a simple way to get it these days is to watch any newschannel for about 15 minutes) I was delighted to hear someone say 'Kindly adjust'('kindly', of course, gives it an added charm :) at Canara bank, it totally made my day. Its another matter that the consequence was that I had to go back another day, having misguidedly allowed sentiment to take over and let in a perfectly healthy looking young girl before me. but that's no big deal, its all in the game..