Good week/bad week
Good week for:
‘They,’ which Merriam-Webster’s dictionary named as its 2019 Word of the Year. While “they” has been in use as a singular pronoun since the 1300s, the dictionary was honoring its more recent meaning as “a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.”
Oligarchy, after the federal Bureau of Economic Affairs reported that through the third quarter of 2019, corporate taxes accounted for just 3.5 percent of all federal tax revenue—a sharp drop from 9 percent in 2010 and 22 percent in 1960.
Benefits for younger workers, with a report that the Audit Lab, a British marketing agency, allows its mostly under-30 employees to take “hangover days” in order to recover from nights out boozing with clients. Hangover days, the company said, help promote “a trusting environment.
Bad week for:
Male egos, after J.J., a Japanese fashion magazine aimed at young women, earned global ridicule for advising its readers to flatter men by telling them they “sound like Socrates” whenever they say something “complicated.”
Carnivores, after two inspectors from the federal Food Safety and Inspection Service filed whistleblower complaints alleging that under new, looser inspection rules, the nation’s pork will soon be contaminated with feces, toenails, sex organs, bladders, and hair.
That awkward age, after middle-school students were evacuated from a Florida school bus following reports of a possible toxic gas release. First responders traced the source of the odor to a single student who had doused himself with too much Axe body spray.