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Golden Parachutes

An employee who gets a great termination package is said to leave the company with a golden parachute. Where’d that term come from? This is part of a complete episode.

More on the Secret Languages of Families

Greetings, workers of the world! This is another newsletter from A Way with Words. This past weekend's show was re-run about the secret words of families. Give it a spin: We also talked about "knocked up," "the real...


A husband and wife are retiring after many years on the job. But they’re keeping their options open for future employment, and don’t want to be called retirees. The word retirees isn’t enough to connote the more “dynamic and...