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    Question "contact"?

    Hi there,

    We've all happened to have a bit of work in an office or organization for which we've got to be really patient, as it takes lots of time and energy (which could result from a bureaucracy, poor management, etc.). But, if you know a person or friend there, then bob's your uncle! I mean, they can, illegally, help you get what you want. I suppose "contact" is a name for such people. What's the "verb" we can use for what they do? Any informal term for such people? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: "contact"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,

    We've all happened to have a bit of work in an office or organization for which we've got to be really patient, as it takes lots of time and energy (which could result from a bureaucracy, poor management, etc.). But, if you know a person or friend there, then bob's your uncle! I mean, they can, illegally, help you get what you want. I suppose "contact" is a name for such people. What's the "verb" we can use for what they do? Any informal term for such people? Thanks in advance.
    Do whatever it takes
    Cut through the red tape

    Neither of these terms implies illegality though.

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    Re: "contact"?

    And, is the term "favouritism" related in any terms? Ta!

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    Re: "contact"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Do whatever it takes
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    Neither of these terms implies illegality though.

    Many thanks dear Raymott...How come they're not considered as illegal then? When this obviously violates others' rights, doesn't it carry any negative connotation? Thanks.

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    Re: "contact"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Many thanks dear Raymott...How come they're not considered as illegal then? When this obviously violates others' rights, doesn't it carry any negative connotation? Thanks.
    Cutting through red tape only violates the right of bureaucrats to impose unnecessary restrictions.
    And no, "favouritism" is not related to your question.
    Last edited by Raymott; 22-Jul-2010 at 12:30.

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    Re: "contact"?

    Depending on what the person does to help you, it's not necessarily illegal anyway. It might be unethical or immoral, but helping a friend get something done faster probably isn't illegal in a lot of companies/departments.

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    Question Re: "contact"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Depending on what the person does to help you, it's not necessarily illegal anyway. It might be unethical or immoral, but helping a friend get something done faster probably isn't illegal in a lot of companies/departments.


    Thanks again. Maybe I put it in a wrong way. Imagine there's a job vacancy in a company where a friend of yours is in a high position. There are other applicants, but in the end job's yours cos he used their power to put others aside. Is this person called "contact"? And, any informal term or idiom for what they've done?

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    Re: "contact"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks again. Maybe I put it in a wrong way. Imagine there's a job vacancy in a company where a friend of yours is in a high position. There are other applicants, but in the end job's yours cos he used their power to put others aside. Is this person called "contact"? And, any informal term or idiom for what they've done?
    Anyone you know personally in a company can be called a "contact". I'm not sure that we have a single word for someone who actually circumvents normal procedures to unethically arrange for their friends to get a job!

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    Re: "contact"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Cutting through red tape only violates the right of bureaucrats to impose unnecessary restrictions.
    And no, "favouritism" is not related to your question.


    I'd like to make an apology here! Maybe I was looking for "favouritism"...take a manager who offers the high positions to close friends and relatives, then what's the right words for what he does?....Thanks.

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    Re: "contact"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    I'd like to make an apology here! Maybe I was looking for "favouritism"...take a manager who offers the high positions to close friends and relatives, then what's the right words for what he does?....Thanks.
    Well, he would certainly be guilty of "favouritism". If he actually arranges for a family member to get a job, then he's guilty of "nepotism". (Note, I found a couple of websites which say that nepotism refers to both relatives and close friends, but I have only heard it used when talking about relatives.)

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