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Tuesday, August 18, 2021

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Despite egregious overuse through the years, I fully endorse the birth of a new uber-expression, via Twitter-typo:

@popstat lobbying for “uberwhelmed” RT @omgicu Just realized I said oberwhelmed instead of overwhelmed in an earlier tweet

And we can’t be uberwhelmed without the counterbalancing possibility of being “unterwhelmed”. See how wordplay begets more wordplay? (Although personally, I opt for the simple “whelmed” instead of “underwhelmed” when I’m less than impressed…)

The proper application of “uber” would include an umlaut, as in “über”. But that looks too Teutonic for English. Besides, the diacritical mark didn’t work in the movies, as the above photo-relic attests; so the double-dots probably would sink a fledgling hipster catchphrase as well.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/18/2009 05:34pm
Category: Creative, Movies, Wordsmithing
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Forest for the trees time: Despite all the buzz accorded to go-getting youngsters who launch million-dollar businesses out of their college dormrooms or their parents’ garage, a new study from the Kauffman Foundation reveals the average business entrepreneur to be a middle-aged office jockey, finally venturing out on his/her own.

“The commonly held belief that entrepreneurs are young college students working out of their dorms is simply wrong,” says study author Vivek Wadhwa of Duke University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization. “People typically come to a stage where they’re tired of working for other people. They think, ‘I’m 40 and I haven’t made it big yet. This is my last chance.’ That really spurs the entrepreneurial spirit.”

Nice to know that, as I inch toward 40, my eligibility for striking it rich with a whiz-bang idea hasn’t lapsed. Of course, I’m not stuck in a cubicle either, so my office-gopher peers might yet have a leg up on me…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/18/2009 04:51pm
Category: Business, Society
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