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re: Culturally speaking, the reason some might be offended by the term "task" is that it goes back to slavery systems. The term "task-master" comes fro...
 

some might be offended by the term "task"

I doubt the word "task" itself was spoken by the manager. Who in his right mind would say, "Hey, let me task you with this"? And even if some idiot did that, the response I mentioned doesn't make sense. Consider this conversation:

Manager: "Hey, I'm giving you a task to do XYZ by next Friday."
Developer: "Are you trying to task me??"

Looks like a conversation a bot would generate.

In conclusion, I think no one was offended by the word "task" because it was likely never spoken.

 

I doubt the word "task" itself was spoken by the manager. Who in his right mind would say, "Hey, let me task you with this"? And even if some idiot did that, the response I mentioned doesn't make sense.

In the US? Many, many, many managers would use some variation of exactly that. Primary difference is it typically wouldn't be in the form of a near-request, but a flat imperative (i.e., "I'm giving you this task" or, even more frequently, "I'm tasking you with this").

For a more (near) interogative example of manager-speak, you'd likely hear, "I have an ask for you" (often with the "big" modifier).

Manager-speak is liberally-peppered with all sorts of cringe-inducing word-choices.

In conclusion, I think no one was offended by the word "task" because it was likely never spoken.

You need to get out more - or at least talk to more people.

In the US? Many, many, many managers would use some variation of exactly that.

Really? Wow! At least it confirms that the usage I came across in that podcast wasn't uncommon. Thanks for your inputs!

I came back to say that my last new manager said these exact words to me, "So, who's tasking you right now?" :D

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