FIRED: to be dismissed from a job/position involuntarily


There’s something that has bothered me for a long, long time, and I think it’s time to get it off my chest. It bothers the heck out of me that every time something goes wrong in a company or an industry, or in some other highly visible organization, there is a cry and hue in […]

MALADROIT [mal-uh-DROIT]: bungling, tactless, clumsy


To be adroit is to be skillful, agile, and clever.  Therefore, to be maladroit is to be the opposite.   In French, from which this colorful word derives, the prefix mal is used to signify a negative.   For instance, a mal a la tete is a headache, meaning something bad is happening in the head. It isn’t […]

CREDENTIAL: merits that qualify a person for a position

In January of 2010 I published a posting on this site about The Peter Principle.   It is a term that refers to the concept that “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to (his) level of incompetence.” Notice that the last word was incompetence, not competence.  It is a theory that was developed by […]