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



Updated: 2017-03-29T07:56:19-07:00

 



Acronym in the news: SWAT

2017-03-29T07:56:19-07:00

On Monday, the Current Occupant announced a new executive department: the White House Office of American Innovation, to be headed by his 36-year-old son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Like #45, young Master Kushner has never served in government or the military or worked for anyone other than his father – as a...



Word of the week: Debacle

2017-03-26T15:56:24-07:00

On March 24, Republican Congressional leaders withdrew the American Health Care Act – H.R. 1628, also known as AHCA, TrumpCare, RepubliCare, and RyanCare (after the House Speaker) – a mere 16 days after it was introduced in committee. The bill had been slapped together as a fulfillment of the “repeal...



March linkfest

2017-03-22T16:46:15-07:00

I’m generally skeptical of corporate-storytelling advice, but Andy Raskin’s “How to Design Your Company Story” is just wacky enough – its hypothetical company is called FairyGodmothers.com – to win me over. * An illustrated guide to Republican metaphors for the Affordable Care Act, from goat to puzzle to house of...



Word of the week: Great

2017-03-19T19:09:54-07:00

When we last met, I shared a few paragraphs about “The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017.” Ten days later, I find I can’t stop thinking about greatness. Or, more specifically, about great, the adjective. To scratch my itch, I scrolled through 1,000 years of great etymology and compounds, from...



Worlds greatest derp

2017-03-10T06:04:59-08:00

Federal-level idiocy was on full, florid display this week. On Sunday, the current occupant of the White House and Mar-a-Lago took to Twitter to share his innermost thoughts, and got so carried away he misspelled the word principles. It’s probably not a word he’s had much occasion to use. On...