Thursday, May 24, 2012
Another half truth - There’s no “I” in team
If you’ve listened to sports talk radio, or watched movies about sports or business, then you’ve probably heard that tiresome old cliche. But, if you step off the beaten track and use a font like Silom with a round top as shown above (or another with a square top) you can see that the space inside the “A” really does make an “I.”
Chris Muller included it on his list of Business Cliches That Must Die, and ranted:
“Seriously? We’re using spelling now for motivation? Although there’s no ‘I’ in team, there is a ‘me’, ‘am’, ‘eat’, and ‘meat.’ Not sure if that means anything, but based on spelling, I think the team should go out for a burger.”
British cartoonist Royston Robertson added:
“You’re right, there is no ‘I’ in team. But there is ‘tea’, so I’m nipping off for a break right now...”
Better still, if you look up team in the Oxford English Dictionary, you will find a 1688 alternate spelling of taime. So, there really is both an “I” and a “me” in team.