I used to have a friend that always pronounced the wrought in wrought iron like roth as in Roth IRA. One day I corrected her and she was really upset. I got a speech that went something like…”You always think you are smarter than everyone else and what gives you the right to tell me I’m wrong? You are such a snob.”
Clearly, I’d embarrassed her and hurt her feelings. I also thought maybe I was a snob. Maybe I did think I was smarter than everyone else…or at least maybe that’s how I acted. Either way…I didn’t want to be like that. I decided I was no longer going to correct anyone, even if I was positive they were saying something wrong. Well…as my mom will tell you, I still correct her sometimes but she’s really the only one. I won’t even do it to J unless he’s asking me a question. Sometimes it’s really difficult not to say something and I cringe every single time I hear someone mispronounce something, but I generally keep my mouth shut.
So here’s my current situation…my boss has two different letters of credit. My supervisor keeps referring to these as “letter of credits”. He has been saying this to everyone…my boss, the other employees here, the attorneys, the people at the bank. He has now put “letter of credits” on my bosses financial statements…which will be seen by many people.
No one he’s said this to has corrected him on it. We have all just been saying it the right way and hoping he’ll catch on. So far, no dice. He’s still there with the “letter of credits”. I feel like I should say something about it. I’m thinking that a few minutes of embarrassment with me is better than repeated embarrassment with other people. Although, it’s been a few months now…will he be annoyed that I didn’t say something sooner? Should I just let it go? If I do say something, what should I say?
To complicate matters…my supervisor and I don’t get along all that well and he already thinks I’m a bit of a pushy know-it-all. I’m afraid that no matter what I say, he’ll be offended. But I feel like I can’t keep letting him go around looking stupid. This is also reflecting on my boss and I don’t want him to look stupid either. I’m so conflicted.
So I am asking you…my dear readers…what should I do? What would you do?