The Wage Slave's Glossary

By Joshua Glenn


Everybody is familiar with a brown-noser after they see one. yet how a few freeter? A workbrickle? A jack? Can they inform downsizing from greybearding or brightsizing?

With The Idler’s Glossary (2008), Mark Kingwell and Joshua Glenn provided a lively security of rest. As proven idlers themselves, they guaranteed us their word list may supply “everything you must find out about how you can behavior a life.” this present day, notwithstanding, as we get over the worst worldwide recession on account that 1929, the work-world is a really varied position. on the way to know it larger, our anti-capitalist etymologists are hence placing down their cigars, identifying up their shovels, and drudging out English from the trench of company jargon. For a person who’s ever needed to moil for top muckety-mucks, The salary Slave’s Glossary is key reading—as the ethical wit of Kingwell & Glenn is integral to the current age.

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Talking from event, i will attest that the zine revolution of the Eighties wouldn’t were attainable with out any such beneficiant (if unwitting) subsidy. See: The Idler’s thesaurus 172 YAKUZA This pejorative moniker, embraced this present day by way of participants of eastern geared up crime syndicates, dates to the mid-Edo interval, while itinerant and seriously tattooed social outcasts made their residing taking part in video games of likelihood. Ya-ku-za (or 8-9-3) is a wasting hand within the card online game Oicho-Kabu, a kind of blackjack; to be a yakuza, then, in a hugely stratified social order, was once to be an ostentatiously “useless person. ” See: BEE (BUSY AS A) 0 DRAG A 1999 big apple instances article famous that this time period – borrowed from physics, and that means “an excellent country the place a relocating item reviews no resistance” – had turn into New economic system slang for “a no-spouse, no-children lifestyle. ” Start-ups and different organisations are usually desirous to lease staff whose drag coefficient is 0. If this fashion of existence sounds beautiful, simply take into accout what Steve McQueen’s personality, Vin, within the great Seven, says in regards to the nomadic gunslingers’ lifestyle: “Home—none. Wife—none. Kids—none. Prospects—zero. ” See: activity EMBEDDEDNESS, WORK-LIFE stability 173 Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based author, editor, and cultural semiotics analyst. He co-founded the blogs HiLobrow and Semionaut; within the Nineties he released the zine/journal Hermenaut. He has worked as a barrel-washer and bartender, handyman and housepainter, skateboard courier and alternative instructor. He’s labored 9-to-5 as an editor at Utne Reader and The Boston Globe. His prior publication, co-authored with Mark Kingwell and illustrated by way of Seth, is The Idler’s word list. After a few years of graduate schooling in Britain and the U.S., Mark Kingwell chanced on he had inadvertently perfected a sort of idling for which he may receives a commission. he's Professor of Philosophy on the college of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s journal, and has written for guides starting from Adbusters and the hot York occasions to the magazine of Philosophy and vehicle Racing Digest. between his fifteen books of political and cultural idea are the nationwide bestsellers larger dwelling (1998), the realm we need (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). that allows you to safe financing for his or her endured indulgence he has additionally written approximately his numerous leisure pursuits, together with fishing, baseball, cocktails, and modern paintings. Seth is a cartoonist and clothier. His books comprise George Sprott, Wimbledon eco-friendly, and Palookaville. he's the dressmaker for the whole Peanuts and the toilet Stanley Library and Doug Wright, Canada’s grasp Cartoonist. His most recent e-book is the nice Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. In 2012 he'll be designing a different fiftieth anniversary variation of Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a bit city. He lives through the railroad bridge in Guelph, Ontario together with his spouse and cats.

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