Deirdre Saoirse Moen

Sounds Like Weird

The Phrase of Absolute Power

28 June 2004

Well, many have talked about their favorite phrases of power, some of them supposedly magical.

Quite by accident, I discovered one in late 1999, when someone threatened to sue me. Fortunately, I knew that I was in the right. I replied, coolly, “Well, discovery should prove interesting.”

It was pretty amazing how quickly the other party backpedaled.

And so, lo, my mother needed use of this Phrase of Power this morning, when her former employer had raked her over the coals and she needed a letter from them. They refused. Knowing they were protecting someone who was an HR nightmare, she hauled it out.

Now, magically, she has the letter. Isn’t that great?

Use it wisely.

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