這部短片 "How to speak Australian : Abbreviate Everything" 應該很多人都看過了,教大家如何說澳式英文,很簡單,什麼都縮寫就對了,有時候會縮到讓人一頭霧水,昨天,我在辦公室就遇到這樣的事。

我在工作上有一個行銷系統快要上線了,卻在臨門一腳的前夕,測試者發現問題,然後一連串的 email殺來殺去。我找出了原因,跟協力廠商電話會議溝通了之後,認為是當初資料結構設計上考慮不周,只要改動一個資料表(Table)的主鍵(Primary Key)應該就能解決。當然,我們需要測試,所以我打電話給在墨爾本的 DBA,解釋來龍去脈之後,請他做必要的更動。

突然,他問了我一個問題

DBA: "What is resi customer? Why are those marketing guys keep saying that? I've never heard that before."
我: "Err... resi means residential, we have residential and business customers in TV services."
DBA: "That's it?"
我: "Yes, simple as that."
DBA: "Why no one tells that? We have been running this project for several months. Why not just say residential instead?"
我: "You know, Australian always make long words short."

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