Wine in Old Bottles
is a living, changing language; unlike France and Spain, we have no Royal
Academy to say, "Stay!", to prevent new coinages ("dogs")
from entering the language. And while new words and phrases enter common
usage ("glitch," "interface," "gibberish"),
older words and phrases also take on new meanings.
of the older definitions have been lost from mind. Back during the Great
Depression of the 1930s, beloved comedian and real cowboy Will Rogers
defined a "holding company" thus: "A Holding Company is
a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches
from reality, are some new definitions and illustrations of old terms:
SLIP." An unintentional slip of the tongue that often, though not
always, reveals the speakerís deeper concern or qualm of conscience
over what is said; sometimes accidentally discloses unpleasant truths.
Example: "Not over my dead body will they raise your taxes."
(The correct idiom is, "only over my dead body . . .")
LAUNDERING." Defined by the European Community as "The disguise
or concealment of the true nature, source, location, disposition, movement,
rights with respect to, or ownership of property, knowing that such
property is derived from serious crime." Example: "the dot-com
boom and bust." Did you really think billions in "venture
capital" went to adolescents trafficking in ones and zeros, heading
"companies" with no assets and no profits, out of excitement
over computer technology from investors who canít program their own
VCRs? Closely related to "follow the money," e.g. from Miami
to Seattle to Vegas.
authority; closely related to "free trade." Eliminates congressional
oversight in deals between companies in different countries, overturning
safety and health regulations. Also known as "security breaches."
REFORM." Standardized testing, certified retraining of teachers
and other school personnel, and requirements for certification in other
occupations. Huge financial windfall for some ed-biz, occupational-training,
and publishing companies.
STIMULUS." Enormous tax and credit windfall for the top stratum
of the largest corporations in America; turns billions over to top managers,
with no public financial oversight; see "money laundering,"
CUT." Major shifting of wealth from 98% of the population to the
top 2% and to the top stratum of the largest corporations. Not literally
a cut, since the deficits have to be made up by other taxpayers and
the state governments. See "Freudian slip," above.
Chief Executive Officer. Someone hired to represent the company at social
functions (substitutes for "mail fraud") while the company
is misrun. A "hands-on" CEO is someone who buys a good company
("stodgy"), siphons the value out of it, and runs it into
TRIBUNALS." One-term presidency.
by BuzzFlash Reader Margie Burns