boss: we need to destroy our competition!
dilbert: i don't approve of violence.
boss: i didn't say anything about violence.
dilbert: you said "destroy" them. i don't see how that could mean anything else.
boss: it was just a figure of speech.
dilbert waving arms: we're engineers! you can't use figurative speech with us. we take things literally. so, what exactly is it you want us to do with our competitors?
boss: beat them!
dilbert: with sticks?