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financial incest

financial incest  n.—Gloss: Telling one’s children about family financial affairs in such a way or to such a degree that they learn too much and become overly concerned. «While experts say the current financial crisis is a good way...

peanut buttering

peanut buttering  n.— «Peanut buttering (v)—The tendency to evenly distribute resources across the full range of a product rather than focusing on a few core Value Propositions. While discussing this issue recently someone described it as...

An Outraged Letter

A Pittsburgh man is bothered by people who would say someone wrote an outraged letter. Can a letter really be angry and indignant or is it really the writer who’s upset? Martha answers his question and seizes the opportunity to talk about the...

shark rodeo

shark rodeo  n.— «Shark-feeding is not illegal in the Bahamas and several local dive operators have, for many years, been safely conducting what are commonly known as “shark rodeos,” where dive guides feed sharks. I have taken part...

opportunity room

opportunity room  n.— «He had brought a cheat sheet to class and gotten caught. Now the students were sitting in judgment of him.…The six students deliberated and decided the offender deserved three days of in-school suspension...

surplusing

surplusing  n.— «The employees will have the opportunity to “follow the work,” as AT&T puts it, thus skirting a promise it made in its current contract with the union not to engage in “surplusing,” which is...

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