I am very, very proud of that descriptor. The full Gelf interview with me is here.
I’m not a hater at all, and granted I asphyxiated inside this bubble a long time ago, but most and maybe all of these women are far from overlooked or underrated. Many have (or have had) great, prestigious jobs, and/or are very well known and successful for their work on the job or off. Or is the idea that they’re overlooked and underrated because they’re women, relative to men in similar positions? I dunno, seems like missed opportunity to talk up ladies who aren’t already blogged all over the walls hereabouts.
New York cabbie stories are a dime a dozen, but this morning, got a standout even in that set. Guy had an accidental Lagerfeld going on, complete with pseudo-mullet, wide-framed dark sunglasses, and fingerless gloves. Started cursing out his last fare as soon as I got in (apparently she made him go through Times Square). Every possible gutter profanity, sexual and otherwise, was applied against this woman, till he finally ran out of words and pronounced her “just … just sick!” The monologue turned to health care reform, punctuated by coughing fits so tubercular they verged on death rattles. (Still not sure if he was pro or con.) He actually had a blue hankie he coughed into like an Enlightenment consumptive. During one of his manic gestures I saw his gloves actually still had full thumb coverage, since I couldn’t see this thumbtips. Then I realized, no, he actually had no thumbs. After a particularly energetic hacking and spitting episode he suddenly cranked the radio, and at the next stoplight, began both reading the paper and wolfing down a sandwich. Conversation over, I guess? He asked again where I was going, then two minutes later stopped two blocks from there and turned off the meter, thanking me profusely, telling me he liked me and that I was a “good guy.” As I got out some bills (I always pay cash to crazy people, rather than credit or debit), he froze, speechless. I held out the money; he didn’t move, and we sat there a good ten seconds, frozen. Finally he muttered mournfully, “Everyone is bullshit.” He reanimated, took the cash, thanked me once more with real feeling, and started coughing again. I got out and went for coffee.
A term created by marketers/researchers/morons to describe the collective insights gained from a particular campaign or experiment. It’s not recognized as a real word but seems to be making some serious rounds throughout the business world.
As in… James: So in conclusion, after 90 days we have managed to acquire enough learnings to drive the cost to land one customer down almost 34%, sir.
Richard (Dick): Amazing work, Jimbo. How else can we leverage said learnings to create a value-add for the R&D group in El Paso?
Recently an exec proposed that we “garner some learnings” about a proposed project. I loved it at the time — sounded like something a crusty ol’ prospector would say. “I aim t garner some learnins bout the best crick to pan fer nuggets in th entire Teton hills, an no mistake.” But it’s just flack jargon. sadface.