Today, I suffered a fit of almost rage at work. Yes, I removed the modifier from my verb. To an e-mail to a vendor.
I initially wrote "I am little bit frustrated that at the amount of time this has taken". And then I looked at it. And thought about it.
On the whole, I try to be very polite in my communications, especially with people outside of my company. Yelling in the e-mail never accomplishes anything but only makes you look silly (and exists forever in the ether) and possibly like a jerk. So I sat there and looked at it.
And realized that I was not just a little frustrated. I was frustrated. Frustrated that it was going to take two months to schedule someone on site. Frustrated that I had a piece of equipment I could not use (but had paid for, of course). Frustrated that timelines were going to be pushed (again).
So looked at it again. And pulled out "a little bit". Voila. I was just frustrated.
If you know me (or have read my writing for any period of time), you know this is the equivalent of me either typing in capitals (which I find rude and almost always uncalled for) or actually writing !@*$*%%. It is that severe. I almost never raise my voice in anger and certainly never write anything in anger (hard won lesson, that). On the whole, I try to engage in solving the problem. But occasionally even I lose my temper.
The outcome? The item will be dealt with in 1.5 weeks, not in 4 weeks as originally set up.
Look out world. Who knows? I may start using adverbs...