Ban Negativity

MOSCOW (AP) – The mayor of a Siberian oil town ordered his bureaucrats to stop using expressions such as “I don’t know” and “I can’t”, or look for another job. Alexander Kuzmin, the 33-year-old mayor of Megion, banned these and 25 other phrases as a way to make his administration more efficient. Saying “I don’t know” is the same as admitting you’re helpless. …Some of the other prohibited phrases are “What can we do?” “It’s not my job,” “It’s impossible,” “I’m having lunch,” “There is no money,” and “I was away/sick/on vacation”…

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