- From: "Peter Duncanson (BrE)" <mail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 20:52:21 +0000
On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 15:16:41 -0500, tony cooper
On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 16:50:46 +0100, James Hogg <Jas.Hogg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Arcadian Rises wrote:
On Jan 30, 10:29?am, Leslie Danks <leslie.da...@xxxxxx> wrote:
Approximately 1 minute and 25 seconds into this, Alec Baldwin says:
"...just one week to regain your jobs, starting with tonight. Starting
with tonight's sit."
and at approx. 5 minutes:
"How can you take the abuse you get on a sit."
According to <www.acronymfinder.com> "sit" is an abbreviation
for "situation", but I've never come across it during my short sojourn on
this earth. Is it, perhaps, commonly used in AmE, or could it be a piece
of sales jargon?
It's probably an abbreviation of "sit com", which is an abbreviation
of "sit comedy" which may be "situation comedy" or "sitdown comedy".
I think it's a "session" making phone calls to sell real estate.
I agree. The salesmen are furnished with the names and telephone
numbers of potential buyers. (Leads) Tonight's "sit" will be the time
they are on the phone contacting these leads. The salesmen will be
sitting on the phone working the leads.
The rather long extract I posted from the script strongly suggests that
the salesmen will be sitting in the homes of the prospects. They will
explain the proposition and then sit there as long as it takes until the
contract is signed or they are compelled to leave. The story was
originally a stage play so the salesmen are in their office throughout
but they discuss what happens during a "sit" in a prospect's home.
Peter Duncanson, UK
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