1. Academic committee-speak
If a Dean, Chair or other Big Wig tells a committee to do something, why is it called a “charge?” It just sounds like committee-gobbledegook. Why not just tell it like it is and call it a “mandate”, “directive” or “order?” Or, better yet, why not use a more appropriate term like “floccinaucinihilipilificate” (to judge a thing to be of little worth or value) … “we have received a floccinaucinihilipilificate from the Provost to form a committee to evaluate how much time we spend on useless committees.” Yep - that's much better.
2. Committee agenda
Why have a committee meeting if the sole point is to inform everyone that the committee has nothing to talk about at this particular point in time? Surely that’s time that could be better spent hitting one’s head up against the wall in one’s office.
For Beth, who is my friend
12 hours ago