Bail or Bale?
For some years now there’s been a meme, apparently originated by Martin Fowler, going round in the Agile world:
“Change your organisation, or change your organisation.”
Meaning, bring about some positive change within the organisation with which you’re involved, or move along to another organisation where the chances of effecting some positive change – and being happier – might prove higher.
I’ve seen a number of folks talk about “bailing” from their present organisation, and wonder if the choice of “bail” or “bale” might not tell us something about their subconscious perspective on their situation?
Of course, the word “bail” is most widespread due to the pernicious effects of creeping Americanisation of the beautiful British English language, but also consider the roots of the two words:
Bail – As in “bail out from prison” – do folks see their present organisation, subconsciously at least, as a prison?
Bale – As in “bale out from an aircraft” – do folks see their present organisation as a blazing aircraft about to crash and burn?
Would you be willing to share your thought on which term would you most likely use? And what that might reveal about your take on your situation?
“In the end nobody is more responsible for your career than yourself, and there is never a good time to be unhappy with your job.”
~ Martin Fowler
Bail Out/Bale Out ~ Entry at phrases.org