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Fritinancy



Names, brands, writing, and the language of commerce.



Updated: 2018-01-18T06:30:00-08:00

 



Numerical names: 605

2018-01-17T16:50:32-08:00

You probably remember the story about the guy who’s sent to prison and, on his first night behind bars, is baffled when his cellmate shouts out “TWELVE!” and is greeted with raucous laughter. Another inmate shouts “TWENTY-TWO!” and gets the same reaction. Up and down the cellblock: “THREE!” “FOURTEEN!” “THIRTY-ONE!”...



Word of the week: Shithole

2018-01-13T19:06:28-08:00

It’s shaping up to be a shitty year, and I’m not talking about the weather or those ridiculous sleeves on women’s clothing. So far we’ve seen shitpost anointed the digital word of the year by the American Dialect Society, and a list of “Shitty Media Men” making headlines when Harper’s...



Get a room!

2018-01-10T18:51:00-08:00

One of the first posts I wrote for this blog was about passion. Not the carnal sort, mind you, but the passion that’s become a cliché on corporate websites and in training seminars and, of course, all over LinkedIn. A passion for accounting. A passion for petroleum economics. A passion...



Word of the week: Oust

2018-01-07T17:36:38-08:00

What do the former CEOs of Uber and SoFi have in common with the presidents of Zimbabwe and Catalonia, the political director of CBS News, an FBI agent working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and a one-time “reality”-TV celebrity recently in the employ of the White House? All of them...



A visit to the Museum of Failure

2018-01-02T19:49:05-08:00

How best to mark the end of the shitshow that was 2017? With a pilgrimage to an institution that mocks and celebrates all manner of flops, lemons, fiascos, misfires, and fuckups, of course. Which is how I found myself last week at the Museum of Failure in downtown Los Angeles’s...