What’s the real meaning of ‘fair share’ and ‘paycheck-to-paycheck’? – MarketWatch

Words and phrases have a powerful impact. They motivate and mislead. They’re subject to perceptions and preconceived notions. They come and go in fashion. Whatever happened to the word “gobbledygook”? OK, I admit it, I’m also a fan of “curmudgeon.” Today, there are several words and phrases in fashion that pack an emotional punch, but sometimes they’re misunderstood or go unquestioned. When you hear the following 10 words and phrases, I’d advise you to put them under a magnifying glass:

1. Affordable. A simple word, right? But what if I added health care, as in “affordable health care.” You’ve heard that phrase a lot over the past decade, but have you ever seen it defined? When we buy a car, we may define affordable as the ability to make the monthly payments. But if we applied those same dollars every month to health care, the amount would likely be deemed unaffordable. Indeed, paying any amount for health care is often perceived to be too much.

2. Paycheck to paycheck. This phrase is usually preceded by the word “living.” Together, the words trigger empathy and paint a picture of inadequate income and struggling financially. While that may be true, we often fail to consider that—like affordable—this, too, is a relative term. In fact, it can apply at any income level: Consider the deep-in-debt Johnny Depp.

3. Earned. I hear this term a great deal in reference to Social Security. “I earned my benefits,” people will say. “I paid for them.”

Read the rest of the words at the link below.

Source: What’s the real meaning of ‘fair share’ and ‘paycheck-to-paycheck’? – MarketWatch


  1. Some words and phrases have their meaning so distorted that they become the opposite of the original. Affirmative Action, a phrase in the civil rights legislation of 1964 and 65, was intended to mean that if discrimination was found based on race, then the federal government would take affirmative action against such. During congressional debate at the time, the proponents of the legislation pledged it would not be used to discriminate in favor of any group, but would simply guarantee against discrimination against any group.

    Soon however, affirmative action became a tool to provide not equality of opportunity, but opportunity of result.


  2. #8. Question…if women and minorities are actually paid less then why don’t companies hire all women and minorities to increase profits ??


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