From the KFTAOA mailbag

A reader writes: "'ROBUST'…..Personally I regard this as the single most dickish word in current circulation. Please have at it. Thank you." Have no fear, reader, it is in the queue and slated for destruction in the next month or so. Suggest future keywords here!

Arne Duncan comes down with a case of acute Keyword logorrhea, reports Inside Higher Ed

"White House pivots to accountability and outcomes," reads the distressing headline on Arne Duncan's call "for colleges to be held more accountable for graduating students with high-quality degrees that lead to good jobs." Misdiagnosing the disease and misprescribing the cure, Duncan's "pivot" is a classic example of the deceitful rhetorical misdirection implicit in that word. You "pivot" when you want to … Continue reading Arne Duncan comes down with a case of acute Keyword logorrhea, reports Inside Higher Ed

Keywords for the Age of Austerity 21 / Wednesday Night Fights: “Equity” vs. “equality”

Tonight we debut an occasional, perhaps never-to-be-repeated feature called "Wednesday Night Fights," in which two similar terms go head-to-head to reveal which one is the true Keyword for the Age of Austerity. Two words enter, only one leaves. Suggest potential candidates here or here. On Twitter the other day, my friend @ughitsaaron suggested "equity" as a potential Keyword. … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 21 / Wednesday Night Fights: “Equity” vs. “equality”

Keywords for the Age of Austerity 20: Pivot

In the first season of Silicon Valley, the HBO sitcom that poked (gentle, but often hilarious) fun at tech-industry and creative-class myth-making, the vest-wearing, number-crunching technocrat Jared is kidnapped by a malfunctioning self-driving car belonging to the show’s tech mogul villain. Jared eventually escapes and makes it home in the midst of a crisis for … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 20: Pivot