The other day my boss asked me if I had completed all the necessary scheduling for an upcoming conference and I replied, "Yeah, who wants to know?" See, we've got this tongue-in-cheek, antagonistic relationship where we are constantly trying one up each other with dry, witty comments. The problem is I'm not very good at this, so I often say something that just insulting minus the witty part. I had been okay until recently when I noticed the boss man didn't banter with me so much. I wonder if I had crossed the line with one of my ill-timed comments.
The other day, Mr. Boss-Man wandered into my office and said, "What's up loser?" It was then that I knew that I was still in his good graces, for this mildly-insulting greeting that could only be offered to someone in his inner circle. Office politics and the communication therein is a weird thing.