Ode to PeopleSpeak
inspired in part by my affection for a certain GL configuration item
Speak not in language Crystal clear
Lest we might understand it,
Instead confound all those who hear—
For PeopleSoft demands it!
Now, when you use the word "account"
Be sure that you confound it
With meanings varied. Let the fount
Of PeopleBooks expound it!
And many "definitions" use,
With "Journal Entry" then confuse
In phrases quite intemperate.
But when a simple term would do,
For instance, "budget check it,"
You must invent a phrase brand new
To make our lives more hectic.
Then when "commitment" and "control"
We easily are pairing
"Accounting" must fulfil the role,
No phrase familiar sparing.
The Project Costing module fair;
The projects used to patch it—
The project team cries in despair
At this linguistic racket:
How convoluted and complex!
This PeopleLanguage so perplex—
Is any term compelling?
The system may annoy while we
Configure it and tune it—
Yet what delight it is to see
Those "Ledgers for a Unit"!