Get your mind out of the gutter! The big “O” I’m talking about is the Olympics!
It’s that time again, The Winter Olympics. For us in Canada, this is the big one, no one really cares about the summer Olympics here, we are all about the winter sports.
About a week or so ago during our opening meeting at work we were given a list of rules regarding the Olympics. A lot of them made sense, no talking about it on social media, no using the logos in posters etc. But then at the bottom of the page there was a list of things we couldn’t SAY. Since when can people stop someone from using certain words? I didn’t think you could copy write something said orally. Apparently I was mistaken.
Here is a list of the forbidden words:
- 2014 Games
- 2014 Olympics
- Winter 2014
- Olympic Fire
- The Olympics
and last but not least
- Gold (Yup, that’s right, we can’t say ‘gold’!)
Like I said, I understand not using certain phrases, logos etc in advertising, social media and the like but not allowing people to say them seems extreme. We were told, even if someone starts a conversation with us about the Olympics were aren’t allowed to discuss it, just change the subject. Apparently there are actually people who are paid to go around and try to lure people into conversations about the Olympics and then possibly give them a fine if they use any of the trademarked words.
So much for national pride.
It makes it hard to have small talk with someone while avoiding something so significant. The Olympics is everywhere right now, tv, newspapers, facebook, yet we have to pretend it doesn’t exist to avoid possibly being fined. If I understand correctly the main reason is that they don’t want people to think our store is associated with the Olympics since we haven’t paid to use the rights. Again, I don’t understand how that can apply to small talk conversations but hey, no one asked me.