Unfortunately our office is quite crowded at the moment so the new people have to hot desk for the time being.

My temporary desk is next to a good bunch of people, though it's a little too close to a senior partner's desk, particularly considering the following conversation I had with a colleague today.

Colleague: ... So is this your own desk now?
Dave: No, but I think I may be here for the next week or so. I've been told that the guy who's supposed to sit here will be away sick for a little while longer.
Colleague: That serious is it? You've been here for a week already.
Dave: Apparently so. He got taken into hospital a fortnight ago and the doctor told him to take some time off.
Colleague: Oh. What's the matter with him?
Dave: I think he has acute angina.
Colleague: YOU THINK HE HAS A CUTE WHAT?!
Dave: (Confused) Angina... you know, it gives you chest pains I think...
Colleague: Oh, I thought you said something else.


Maybe it's time to take elocution lessons.

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