After I ate lunch like a boss, I was drowsy. I did the only thing that made sense – I took a nap like a boss. Then I sat down at the keyboard and pounded out this blog like a boss.
Popular expressions come and go. Some of them are thunderstorms that pop up suddenly, engulf a region, then disappear. Many of those expressions deserve to disappear. Those that stay are often like mosquito swarms that annoy everyone and refuse to go away. Nobody really likes them, but you don’t want to be the only one not swatting the mosquito.
Cleverness or charm has nothing to do with an idiom’s shelf life. Dreadful little word clumps sometimes last for generations, outliving the originators, inflicting pain on millions of innocents. The origin and meaning of the phrase are lost or twisted beyond recognition, but still it refuses to die, and there’s no lifeline to unplug.
I find “like a boss” to be perplexing. The context in which most people use it imply it’s a good thing, a compliment. Yet I also find that most people talk negatively about their bosses more so than positively. People might say, “I knocked out those chores like a boss.” But based on experience, it seems to me people ought to be saying things like, “I screwed up my tax return like a boss.”
For those of you who are some sort of boss, I’m sure your minions say only nice things about you. I’m sure it’s other bosses who give the term a bad name. But since “boss” tends to conjure negative reactions, I wonder who gave birth to this expression, and how it became so popular. Of course, modern technology with the internet, the Twitterverse, Instachat, Snapgram, and Facepalm, can spread something faster than malaria. We all become infected before we realize the mosquito is there.
The one thing technology never seems to do, though, is spread the cure.
In most organizations, the real work is done by the common people, not the boss. It’s the unsung lackey, the flunky, the vassal, who should be admired and praised. The underlings of the world keep it turning, not the bosses.
Who’s in? Who wants to slay the like-a-boss beast? It’s easy. Next time, and every time, you find yourself about to say “like a boss,” bite your tongue. Well, not really. I mean figuratively. And replace it with something that really makes sense. That is true to the real world. That raises our brothers and sisters who are the backbone of the world.
Say, “I did that like a lackey.”
Then tweet it. Chat it. Snap it. Gram it all over the universe. You’ll be doing your part to drive a stake through the heart of “like a boss.”
Like a lackey.
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