I Beg To Differ, Mr Flowerdew
"Economists are people who work with numbers but who don't have the personality to be accountants."- Unknown
Researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have found that the stereotypical belief that accountants are boring has a real scientific basis.
John Flowerdew, of the university's department of English and communication, analysed the language and communication of tax accounts in a major company and found that the "dull and uninspired, jargon-heavy language", is partly responsible for accountancy's turgid image.
"They sat together as a group with their desks facing each other while the tax manager had her office apart from the tax accountants," he writes in the journal Writing in English for Specific Purposes.
"On that particularly rainy day the accountants started their morning by checking e-mail and quietly eating their breakfast at their desk.
"For the first hour that the observer was there, the accountants worked quietly at their desks seemingly unaware of each other, busy computing through tax computation schedules, fidgeting with calculators and putting data into their computers.
Source : The Daily Telegraph
Well, aku takkan argue with an equally boring scientist. It’s just like the pot calling the kettle black.
Are accountants really THAT boring? I beg to differ, Mr Flowerdew. Masa kerja, I think we number crunchers can’t escape from being that boring human being poring over 2-inches-thick reports and ledgers while our fingers are busy clicking away on the calculator (usually the size of calculator tokay balak). Speaking of which, kalau korang nak tau if someone is a number cruncher, look at how s/he selects a calculator kalau nak beli. Bukan saiz atau berapa banyaknya functions yg diorang cari, tapi more on ‘sedap tekan tak’? Unless you are a financial planner la.. then you will need a DIFFERENT kind of calculator, specially made for FP’s (sampai sekarang pun aku tak reti nak guna Abah Ikmal’s CFP calculator… phobia!). And atas meja mesti ada a mug of Nescafe (for most of us, teh tarik or Milo boleh mengurangkan daya konsentrasi), and some sweets to chew whenever ada assignment yg agak mencabar (biasanya Mentos).
For me, it it the nature of the profession yg membuat accountants (nampak) boring. I really missed my ex-colleagues kat audit firm dulu (mostly yuppie lengchai’s and lengloi’s). Masa kerja, I really admired their accounting and auditing skills, they are really well-versed in this field, but when it comes to having fun, diorang pun tak kalah ! Really missed them, though.
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