April Fools’ Day is imminent, so here’s a prank sure to bring levity and/or shame to any workplace. We especially encourage elected officials and their staffers to try it. (Disclaimer: Firings resulting from said prank are not the fault of Express or its parent company.)
1. Open Microsoft Word on a colleague’s computer.
2. Tell the program to swap a commonly used word for a similar-looking, funnier one. For example, replace “fiscal” with “fecal,” and many boring phrases, such as fiscal year, fiscal policy and fiscal cliff, become much more interesting. Here’s how:
2a. On a Mac, select “AutoCorrect” from the “Tools” menu. On a PC, go to the “File” menu and choose “Options,” then “Proofing,” then “AutoCorrect.”
2b. Type “fiscal” under “Replace” and “fecal” under “With.”
2c. Click “Add,” then “OK.”
3. Write a test sentence to verify it worked.
Pro Tip: Pry your co-worker from his desk by sending him an Outlook invite to a fake meeting in a far-away conference room.