Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Intergrat* (for Integrat*)

Steve Carrell announced the other day that he plans to leave The Office next May when his contract is up. Hopefully, this is just a Michael Scott-like ruse to negotiate more money, although he says (cheating politician-wise) that it's in order to spend more time with his family. In any case, it's hard to imagine the show going on without him. (That's what she said.) One of my favorite episodes of The Office is called "Diversity Day." Internal politics and Michael's own interpretation of what that means causes him to organize an interactive game in which the employees must greet each other as if each belonged to an ethnic group indicated by signs stuck to their foreheads. (Pam: "Um ... I like your food?") It's a scathingly funny satire of political correctness and forced integration and points up the paradox involved in hamhandedly celebrating/stereotyping our differences. Although it's rarely used anymore, grat is apparently the past tense of greet. We greeted a whopping 156 cases of Intergrat* in OhioLINK, so after you've had your coffee and grat all your coworkers, get busy on those typos and have a great day at The Office!

(Steve Carrell at the 82nd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, March 7, 2010. Photo by Robyn Beck, courtesy ofAFP/Getty Images.)

Carol Reid

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