For many of us, good relationships with our colleagues are key to surviving in the workplace. That's how inside jokes and banter (saviors of the coffee machine conversation) start.
But to an outsider, second branch manager Betty giving her employee a vivid description of her grandkid's diaper contents can sound a little too much. Or precisely enough to have a good laugh. Some phrases are totally normal in specific jobs, but just look so bad when put in quotation marks.
Thus a Twitter hashtag was created to collect some of the most entertaining phrases people overheard at work.
Take a look at the funniest additions to the #overheardatwork hashtag. Please share amusing things you accidentally heard at your work in the comment section.
More info: twitter.com
The hashtag was very much overlooked, with the most popular responses reaching below 50 likes. For sure there must be many more brain-farts committed in a work environment that could be shared, unless everyone suddenly had to sign overwhelmingly strict NDAs (non-disclosure agreements).
However, a lot of additions came from nurses. What is it about nursing that provides so many unusual encounters? And why so few from customer service, like sassy things a telemarketer says to a customer before breaking the rule of not hanging up?
Some of these quotes are outright artistic, notice the literary devices used here: imagery, analogies, puns, etc. And of course, cultural jokes and faux pas.
Note: this post originally had 57 images. It’s been shortened to the top 35 images based on user votes.