“He can’t take your call right now. He’s in a meeting.”

“I’m in a meeting; can I call you right back?”

“Gotta run; I’m late for a meeting.”

“Every time I try to reach you at the radio station, you’re in a meeting.”

The word meeting has taken on new meaning in recent years. The term is now an all-inclusive excuse for not doing things. Someone appearing in your office unexpectedly is not a meeting. A water-cooler chat with the music director is not a meeting. Sitting on the edge of a salesperson’s desk discussing a promotion is not a meeting. We’ve redefined meeting as any time two or more people assemble to talk about anything. Don’t confuse (or let a receptionist or secretary confuse) conversations and meetings. ...

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