Word Ways


Readers of John Fuller's Games For Insomniacs (Doubleday, 1966) may recall the chapter on Occupational Hazards, which gives a compendium of ways people get fired from their occupations (orchestra leaders are disbanded, electricians are discharged, postmen are unzipped, and so on). More recently, readers of Herb Caen's column in the San Francisco Chronicle have been playing the analogous game of I Could Have Been (a telephone operator but I had a bad hang-up, a mountaineer but I wasn't so inclined). Next time your mother-in-law asks you why you can't hold down a steady job, you can give her one of the following snappy comebacks.