Why I Hate Hearing ‘Cleveland, OH’

I regularly ‘attend’ networking or business events in Cleveland (zoom meetings these days), where people introduce their businesses. Lots of them mention that they’re located in Cleveland, Ohio or Lakewood, Ohio or Beachwood, Ohio, etc. I hate that.

They don’t bother to realize that they don’t need to remind people that these locations are in Ohio. Everyone knows that. Now, if they were in an obscure town like ‘Lameville Heights’, some people might need to know that was in Ohio.

Saying or writing Ohio unnecessarily is a trivial issue at best, I grant you. That harmless three-syllable word only takes a second to say or read. I still hate it. So, if you’re going to enhance your workplace communication, make every word count. And don’t waste time or space telling people something they already know –  we know where Cleveland is!