In So Many Words

Books of Educational and Informational Comics from Larry Paros


Book VII: Off to Work We Go (Employment)

Ebb and Flow

The working world changes rapidly. To keep up with things, you have to learn to go with the flow, to "move with the prevailing forces."

There's no better way to do this than through the Latin fluere. Start each day with your morning latte, followed by your hourly swig of Evian — regularly replenishing your precious bodily fluids.

Your fluency in the new computer program astounds your colleagues, as your mellifluous presentations flow effortlessly, like honey, (from the Latin, mel, mellis) "smooth" and "sweet," from your mouth.

Coupled with your ability to avoid superfluous asides, literally an "overflow of information," you begin to finally exercise some influence — a term used in astrology for forces determined by the "flowing" of the stars.

This leads to a prestigious position and a more affluent lifestyle, where good things simply "flow towards" you. You're now riding the wave of success.

In the business world, however, things are constantly in flux. Management writes it off as a trickle, but there appears to be an increasing influx of new talent into the organization.

Your good fortune fluctuates, "rising and falling like the waves." This leads to the Old French flus, "flow."

Once flushed with pride, you now only helplessly watch what was once a promising career being flushed away.