Monday, May 18, 2009

Diagnosis: Convoluteditis

Dr. Larry sent this in. Apparently, someone at his hospital is trying to motivate the crew:

"No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required. It is the amount of EXCELLENCE of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction."
Here is an example of something that is grammatical but is so convoluted we almost can't make sense of it. (The capital letters and unnecessary underlined words only contribute to the air of impenetrable urgency).

We think the author is trying to say "You'll never be great unless you do more than you have to, and the more you do, the more distinguished you will be." But perhaps we're missing something.

We would love to hear other translations of this motivational mishmash, though. Please send yours to If we get a really good one, we will make a classy motivational poster for our members to download, featuring an image of--oh, we don't know--an adorable kitten trying to fly a rocket.

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