If you were the head of a school and hire a teacher, would you hire someone who use the word "hell' in his email to you when he's just upset at the formality of the school or red-tapes?I started to answer just what all I would do if I were the head of a school, but it got off topic really, really quickly. I did ask for more detail and context, suggesting that there are different levels of "hell" (e.g., playful "hell" and angry "hell"), but since I'm sort of "Out of Office" for a few days, I thought this would be an interesting question to pose to my anglophone and English-teaching readers.
I would want worry that this person might be a hothead and such language in an email to the school is an unprofessional sign of worse to come, but then again maybe something went wrong that warranted this. Maybe the KoKo staff is too perhaps sensitive and they are overthinking a commonly used term (though I wouldn't suggest the f-word, etc., is acceptable). At the same time, effectively getting canned for saying "hell" in an email would suck big time. Any thoughts?
|You may think I'm inserting this picture |
because it's a medieval depiction of Hell,
but it's actually a typical English-teaching
hagwon, circa 2002.