Not sure if I mentioned it, but I founded the so-far fictive Helen Enterprises a couple of weeks ago. It is the corporate group that I collect my various businesses under. Of course, Helen Enterprises operates globally with headquarters in New York, London, Hamburg and Stockholm. (Ah, why do I not have a friend living in China?) In the Helen Enterprises Group (HEG), you find different industries ranging from tourism (Helen 1 A City Tours and Audio Tours), PR (Heling Agency, remember? And V14 PR) publishing (a bestselling book about a plastic bowl) to cultural training (Book your Germanification today and receive a gratis bretzel!) and information services (the Nobel Prize info service and the Royal info service). Our claim was designed by my co-worker and reads, “Wir machen alles. Aber richtig.” (“We do everything. But we do it right.” Closer translations and alternative global claim suggestions welcome.)
And recently, HEG lauched the Helen-Wort-Verschenk-Dienst, Helen word-present service. My co-worker who wants to enlarge her English vocabulary has a calendar that teaches a new word every day. That’s lovely but I quickly figured it did not cover all the words you need in life. So I started offering my service: daily, I send everyone in the office who wants it the English word of the day. Sometimes it is also an expression. They range from colloquial speech (“He does not play for that team”) to rather formal (“frugality). My co-workers were most enthusiatic about the signature each email carries, stating “Helen word-present service // words may be kept, used and passed on// Kindly note our Nobel Info Service to keep you updated on all laureates//”
My co-worker said she has a hard time internalizing the words which made me think of making a memory game of all the words I have so far given away. My mother says I wouldn’t need a job, I would just need to get paid for coming up with funny ideas all the time. Glad I founded Helen Enterprises I guess!
P.S.: This is literally the post that mentions my name most. Ever.