It's tax time
A Kansas columnist offers some revenue generators in the Topeka Capital-Journal for the cash-strapped state. You can tell he's a word guy:
• A $10,000 tax on public officials who use "grow" as a transitive verb. Trees grow tall and people grow old, but if politicians want to grow the economy and grow the government we would prefer they pick a word that lets us know who is picking up the tab. ...Funny, I was with him till that one.
• A flat $50,000 tax on anyone who uses the word "synergy" without a good reason. ...
• A $25,000 per-publication fee on newspapers that use the term "undocumented alien" without defining it. Are there documented aliens? If "undocumented" means no legal address, should we call these folks alien aliens? ...
• A $500,000 geek tax on people who talk about "blogs" and "blogging" as though the rest of us have a clue what they are talking about.