Kelvin R. Throop's Dictionary of Politically Correct Usage


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macho (adj.): Of or pertaining to male behavior. It is always followed by the noun "bullshit." In approved usage, it is applied to any and all male behavior of which the speaker disapproves. Thus, a man holding a door for a woman and a man forcing a woman to walk two paces behind him are both macho bullshit. Only complete and total acquiescence to the woman's will is exempt from this label (see "wimp").


Computer people have often spoken of the "gigo" effect, standing for "garbage in - garbage out." What gives some of us chills is the thought of a second meaning of "gigo": "garbage in - gospel out." It can happen here.


God doesn't want to make it too easy for His children — many of them are spoiled enough already.


A life consisting exclusively of things that are Good For You is bad for you.


Rules are solutions to yesterdays problems.


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.


Just because there's twilight doesn't mean you can't tell the difference between night and day.


Why does our culture consider supervising good work more deserving of respect and compensation than doing good work?


Going through the right motions is not equivalent to doing the job. Always check the results!


Nobody ever prevented a war by firing the first shot.


Why is it that when a person is very good at what they do, that's taken to mean they should be doing something else?


Everything is open to questioning. That does not mean all answers are equally valid.


The real world is not user-friendly.


Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?


Many of our most important decisions are made by someone too inexperienced to have much idea what he's doing.

General Theory of Relativity

The future has already happened every place except where you are.

Special Theory of Relativity

Nothing has really happened until I've heard about it.

Parkinson's Law

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Throop's Corollary

To keep work from expanding to fill all your time, you must strictly limit the time available for its completion.



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