“They” is Destroying the English Language

Entering the new year, something tragic happened in the world of grammar and language usage. Over 200 linguists of the American Dialect Society met in Washington, D.C. to choose their “Word of the Year.” They overwhelmingly chose the singular use … Continue reading

Self-Managing Socialism: Zappos Style

There have been many attempts to apply socialism to the modern workplace. One of these was the program of former president of France François Mitterrand who sought to implement what he called self-managing socialism in 1981. Like all such schemes, … Continue reading

The Afflictions of the Third Family

We live in complete chaos. “What a banal way to start an article!” some might think upon reading this opening sentence. In fact, it is banal, most banal. And I present this idea, in itself so banal, even trite, in … Continue reading

Reflections on Cold Draft Beer

It was a particularly hot afternoon, so I gazed at the icy mug of beer before me with a sense of anticipation. I still had the idea — right or wrong — that draft beer should be crowned with a … Continue reading

At A Pizzeria with the “Moderates”

As I sat down at a table with a group of friends in a spacious and noisy pizzeria, I just had time to notice that our presence displeased some people sitting nearby. Three men and two women stared at us … Continue reading