Mixing Metaphors

During the Nixon years there was a "freeze" on wages, meaning they couldn't (legally) go up. Okay, so that means it must be bad (other things equal) for your wages to be frozen.

So would it be good for your wages to melt? Would you be ecstatic if your boss said, "Next month, Jim, your wages will evaporate"?

(It's true, to say your wages would boil doesn't sound bad, but it doesn't sound good either. In fact, it just sounds weird.)


  1. Anonymous11:44 AM

    If you really want to get them to work, tell your employees that their wages will be "vaporized."

  2. Melted is best. Liquidity in the market. Freeze sounds like no access. Boiling sounds productive. Evaporation is easily documented as it leaves a vapor trail. Wake up and smell the flowers.

  3. Anonymous4:37 AM

    I like my wages steamed, with a bit of garlic butter.

  4. When a solid turns into a gas it's called sublimation. I would not be surprised if that were also Washington-speak for frozen wages disappearing.

  5. Anonymous5:41 AM

    I think it's sublimation when a solid turns into a gas WITHOUT going through a liquid state.

    Now that liquidity has been removed sublimation sounds apropos.

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