Food for thought [2]

  • Listening, evaluation and feedback are important for effective communication.
    We have one mouth [to speak] and two ears [for attentive listening].
  • The salutations are context and culture dependent.
  • We call some older people as “Uncle” and “Auntie” although they are not related to us.
  • At SPHS, we call our sayas without the formal U.
    e.g. Saya Sein (instead of Saya U Sein)
  • I was once reprimanded by an elder reader for writing Saya Aung Khin instead of Saya U Aung Khin or Sayagyi U Aung Khin.
  • A visiting Professor from Germany wanted to be addressed as “Professor Doctor” (not just Professor or Doctor).
  • Saya Allen Htay (C58) told us that he could not use “Mr” during his stay in Netherlands. He was asked to use “Ingr” (based on his profession).
  • Grapevine says that the early surgeons in the UK were not necessarily doctors, and so they did not force people to address them as Dr.
  • People who have Honorary Doctorates usually put “Honoris Causa” (meaning the degree was awarded for esteem).
  • Before Facebook introduced emojis, some users overused the “Like” button.
    I was puzzled to see Likes in an Obituary posting. Shouldn’t one be sad?
    Are some users clicking “Like” without reading if the posting is current or old, and if the contents are really likeable.
  • One should be aware of “opt-in” versus “opt-out” options.
    Many do not read the “fine print”.
  • Malicious software industry is responsible for losses (in down time, data corruption, identity theft, …) in the billions.
    According to one report, the industry is more profitable and safer than the drug dealing.
    The penalty of offenders for malicious software is “peanuts” (e.g. little or no jail time) compared to drug dealers (e.g. life imprisonment and death penalty) in most countries.

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