Kate Barnes (k8cre8) wrote in 1word1day,
Kate Barnes


I admit, this is, in part, inspired by Conan O'Brian's Audiency Awards, given for the sitting and viewing arts.

Excitement is growing as the nominations for the third annual Memmy Awards are to be announced later this week. Speculation has been rampant, and rumors abound that there will be some controversy in the nominations.

The Memmys, awards granted by the Academy of Office Arts and Sciences for achievements in the field of office work, are just starting to gain momentum and a following among the aficionados of office trades. They have floundered on the edge of obscurity until this year, when so many watching the banking world under the microscope of the debt crisis.

Most coveted is the award for “Best Production,” A category in which reports and proposals of all kinds can be nominated. Expected to get a nod are the developers of “Google+” for forcing Facebook to show fear and make many improvements to their platform. Another front runner, is Steve Jobs, because, it's Steve Jobs, and because of his recent relinquishment of the day-to-day control of Apple.

Other hotly contested awards include “Best Worker in a Supporting Role,” “Best Worker in a Lead Role,” “Best CEO,” “Best Original Memo” and “Best Adapted Memo,” for achievements in memo writing.

There are many who think the Memmys are a waste of time, given that the best performances are not likely to be acknowledged. Many observers of the field of office work note that really excellent work, worthy of acknowledgment, takes place in offices all over the country, but it’s in a company no one has ever heard of, or the company itself isn’t in the news media everyday, so no one even notices it. Some note that an office works best when no one even notices how well it is working, which seems to indicate that the offices most worthy of acknowledging are the ones that will never get a Memmy Nomination.

Controversy is likely to infiltrate the nominations in the category of “Best CEO” as the nominations packets included, Carol Bartz, Yahoo's CEO, who is no longer employeed as a CEO. While most winners of the award expect to see a small increase in money or riches, should Bartz be awarded the prize, it would be obvious that such a prize would likely be considered pelf.

pelf ( PELF ) Middle English, noun. money or wealth, esp. money or wealth acquired by reprehensible means.

Pelf is an old word, joining our fair language in the 14th century by way of Middle English. It migrated from the Anglo-French "pelfre" which means "booty." "Pelfre" is the same root from which we get the verb "pilfer."
Tags: middle english, noun, p, theme: stories

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