Monosyllabic Pedantry

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

When 27 Atlanta Firefighters called in sick on Superbowl sunday (twice the normal amount), there was such a shortage that the city was forced to temporarily close five firestations. Understandably, this has ruffled some feathers.

But fear not! The head of the firefighters union has issued this statement:

“We’ve been loyal to the city”

Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran then went on to say that he did not know if the increase was some sort of “blue flu” or “political statement,” but said firefighters call in sick more often on a payday weekend with a holiday or a big event like the Super Bowl.
Daws said firefighters called in sick because they get “burned out” by working in more dangerous conditions — such as fewer firefighters working on each truck — that he says were created by the furloughs. Daws predicted that the city will see firefighters calling in sick more frequently.

I think this is going to boil until there is an incident where someone dies or is seriously hurt,” he said.



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