Words to Get Used to During Tough Times

Like me three years ago, you may get laid off during a company layoff, which brings up this curious word formation. The verb is to lay off, the noun is layoff, and the adjective is a compound one, laid-off, as in a laid-off worker.

Anyway, I guess I was the proverbial canary in the mineshaft when I hit the economic skids three years ago, in the heights of boom times (now know to be a credit bubble). I’ve somehow survived, barely, but this year should prove to be an interesting one, borrowing the use of interesting from the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times."

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