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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Committees....BIMmittees - Can you commit to not omit?

I don't know if you've ever been to Despair.com, but they have some very funny and true posters that we can all relate to.

I was just staring at this one in particular and thinking about "Committees". Do you ever really pay attention to the words in our language?

Committee comes from the word "Commit".


verb \kə-ˈmit\

Definition of COMMIT

transitive verb
a : to put into charge or trust : entrustb : to place in a prison or mental institutionc : to consign or record for preservation <commit it to memory>d : to put into a place for disposal or safekeepinge : to refer (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report
: to carry into action deliberately : perpetrate <commit a crime>
Are you on a committee?
Are you committed?
Have you been committed?
Are you committing a crime with crappy drawings?
Will you commit to adopting BIM?
Can you commit to change?
Will you commit this blog post to memory?
Are you on a committee to decide whether to adopt Revit?
Are you on the CAD committee where you can't decide what color line weight to use?

Are you an ommittee?
Do you omit things from your drawings?
Errors and Ommissions anyone?
Ommissions and Comissions.
Is omitting a crime?

Yes, I could go on for hours with this, but you get the point.
They're just words, but they're there sitting in front of us every day and we use them regularly.

The problem is, do you live by your words? Do you lie to yourself and others? Yes, you're on the committee, but are you committed to change?
Or, are you the ommittee on the committee? Are you the guy trying to fight and sabotage change in your company?

New word for today: BIMmittee. Committed to BIM, a better way to design, build and collaborate with others. Omit nothing and provide information to those committed to technology for grown ups.
Now, read the poster below and see what started this whole rant and why it's so true.

Committees Demotivator® - The Original Demotivational Posters

Committees Demotivator


verb \ō-ˈmit, ə-\

Definition of OMIT

transitive verb
: to leave out or leave unmentioned <omits one important detail>
: to leave undone : fail
obsolete : disregard
obsolete : give up

Examples of OMIT

  1. Please don't omit any details.
  2. omit mentioning the sources you used in researching your paper>

Origin of OMIT

Middle English omitten, from Latin omittere, from ob-toward + mittere to let go, send — more at ob-
First Known Use: 15th century


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