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The secrets of management

Among the many striking quotations in The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English, Henry Hitchings includes this remark by a psychologist, Adrian Furnham:

It has been said that journalists first used the word “guru”tho describe management theorists because they could not spell the word “charlatan.”


Posted by John McIntyre at 9:50 PM | | Comments (4)


I'd love to hear your take on the Washington Post article linked below.

It is time newspapers unite under a common banner, hire the best PR firm in America and explain with a consistent message that news organizations play a critical role in holding those in positions of authority accountable for their actions. And that no blogger or citizen journalist will be able to do that job better than the news organizations that have been doing it for the last 200 years.

The Baltimore Sun is only an example of what is happening in cities and small towns all across this country.

The news industry can save itself. But not if it doesn't consistently prove why it should be saved.

In Baltimore, No One Left to Press the Police:

Or "consultant." (I always wanted to be one when I grew up. Didn't happen.)

Thanks for the link to a great article. The author is man who created the HBO show The Wire.

Very funny in its ability to skewer both management experts and journalists.

One thing: I think it's "Furnham."

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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