Here is a slogan a client company has adopted:
I can relate by maintaining strong relationships
with customers, suppliers, and each other.
In my mind there is something wrong, but I can't explain it. Any ideas? Anyone agree?
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UsenetHere is a slogan a client company has adopted:
I can relate by maintaining strong relationships
with customers, suppliers, and each other.
In my mind there is something wrong, but I can't explain it. Any ideas? Anyone agree?
How can "I" do anything with "each other"? That's the main problem -- but understanding what they mean by "relate" is a close second.
Here is a slogan a client company has adopted: I can relate by maintaining strong relationships with customers, suppliers, and each other. In my mind there is something wrong, but I can't explain it. Any ideas? Anyone agree?

What other than it's gibberish you mean?
"Relate" needs an object and there isn't one.
The sentence also says "I ... maintain strong relationships with each other". That's meaningless, I can't do anything with "each other": each other is a reciprocal arrangement.
It has an Oxford comma in it. Not necessarily wrong, but unusual.
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Here is a slogan a client company has adopted: I can relate by maintaining strong relationships with customers, suppliers, and each other. In my mind there is something wrong, but I can't explain it. Any ideas? Anyone agree?

I like the second comma. I also like the slogan, because it would make my life simpler. It means I could forget about this company and go on to other companies where they speak English properly, at least in their slogans. (Slogans don't have to be full sentences, but they shoudln't be this either.)
And the Geek is right about the details.
Now, how do you explain this to your client without antagonizing him? Are you the advertizing company or the bottled-water delivery company? Or something else?

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Here is a slogan a client company has adopted: I ... wrong, but I can't explain it. Any ideas? Anyone agree?

What other than it's gibberish you mean? "Relate" needs an object and there isn't one. The sentence also says "I ... "each other": each other is a reciprocal arrangement. It has an Oxford comma in it. Not necessarily wrong, but unusual.

The Oxford/Harvard/serial comma is the only good thing about it: gibberish, indeed. And a slogan has to be short, or at least instantly grokkable: "Excelsior!" or "Can do" or "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité". I suppose these turkeys could simply cry "We relate!" (I'd normally charge about a thousand quid for that.)

Mike.
Here is a slogan a client company has adopted: I ... wrong, but I can't explain it. Any ideas? Anyone agree?

I like the second comma. I also like the slogan, because it would make my life simpler. It means I ... this to your client without antagonizing him? Are you the advertizing company or the bottled-water delivery company? Or something else?

I'm writing training for them. I don't need to mention it at all, but if I ever do, I want some good ammo.
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It has an Oxford comma in it. Not necessarily wrong, but unusual.

I prefer it. Urban legend has it that dropping the comma was done only to save ink and space.
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And a slogan has to be short, or at least instantly grokkable: "Excelsior!" or "Can do" or "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité". I suppose these turkeys could simply cry "We relate!" (I'd normally charge about a thousand quid for that.)

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"Oy! A cat made of lead cannot fly."
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Here is a slogan a client company has adopted: I can relate by maintaining strong relationships with customers, suppliers, and each other. In my mind there is something wrong, but I can't explain it. Any ideas? Anyone agree?

Agreed.
I can't maintain relations with each other, unless I have multiple personalities.
Try we.

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