REf Dictionaries Atlas Language Guides Writing Guides Learn more
The Wage Slave's Glossary and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$9.45
Qty:1
  • List Price: $11.95
  • Save: $2.50 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Wage Slave's Glossary Paperback – September 20, 2011


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$9.45
$3.00 $0.01
Showcase%20Weekly%20Deal


Frequently Bought Together

The Wage Slave's Glossary + The Idler's Glossary
Price for both: $20.51

Buy the selected items together
  • The Idler's Glossary $11.06

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

What If? by Randall Munroe
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, find hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Biblioasis (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192684517X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926845173
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A tiny, lovely book, beautifully designed and illustrated by Seth, delightful to pick up and hold in your hand"—Geist

"Exhausted demonstrators looking for the lightest reading they can find, at least in the literal sense, might want to pick up Joshua Glenn and Mark Kingwell’s “Wage Slave’s Glossary,” a nifty pocket-size volume also spotted on the shelves in Zuccotti Park. A follow-up to the authors’ “Idler’s Glossary,” the book provides energized Marxists and depressed Dilberts alike a witty guide to terms like “air family” (the false sense of community among co-workers), “afternoon farmer” (19th-century slang for someone who wastes the entiremorning), “keeping up with the Joneses” (the title of a popular cartoon that first appeared in 1913) and “on the wallaby” (Australian for “tramping the country on foot, looking for work”), not to mention more self-explanatory terms. (“Bossnapping,” anyone?)"
New York Times

"A fun dictionary of modern office idioms and new economy jargon."
The Atlantic

"A wry brand of enlightenment ... a pocket-sized guide to the terms of paid labor."
Boston Globe

"A light-serious compilation against capitalism run amok."
Globe & Mail

"The Wage Slave’s Glossary is a grand and saddening tour of language past and present ... a labor of love, and worth your money and time."— Michael LeddyOrange Crate Art

About the Author

Joshua Glenn: Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based journalist and scholar. He has labored as a bicycle shop manager and skateboard courier, a busboy and barrel-washer, a researcher and teacher, a handyman and house painter, a bartender and espresso jerk, and also as a magazine and newspaper editor. He lives in Boston.

Mark Kingwell: After some years of graduate studies in Britain and the United States, Mark Kingwell found he had inadvertently perfected a form of idling for which he could get paid. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine, including the author of fifteen books.

(Pseud) Seth: Seth is the cartoonist behind the painfully infrequent comic book series Palookaville. His books include It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken, Wimbledon Green, Bannock, Beans and Black Tea, and Clyde Fans Book One. His books have been translated into five languages.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ann Nocenti on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I spent too many years as a Wage Slave. This slim, delicious, pocket-sized delight has become my companion-in-arms. I carry it with me, and can thumb it and open to any page and it bolsters my conviction to be a wage slave no more. Wage Slave's Glossary not only introduces one to new terms: "zero drag"!! but defines the words with deep history and tongue-deep-in-cheek satirical bent in the same sentence. It is a book that's snagged the zeitgeist, and it is my number one stocking stuffer. Any single definition in this book is worth the cover price and more.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Murgatroyd on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book couldn't have come at a better time. I heard about it through the N.Y. Times and saw that the Occupy Wall Street Library had picked it up, so I went out and found a copy, and I was glad I did. There was nothing of what I was afraid of: it wasn't kitschy or insubstantial or trying too hard to be funny. Instead I found it wonderfully incisive, satirical, contemporary, on-point. Kingwell's introduction on Wage Slavery and Bull**** is market-savvy and goes a long way towards unpacking the rhetoric of capitalism. He draws on Russell, Weber, Parkinson, Pournelle, Moore, Sorel, Frankfurt, Galbraith, Marcuse, Arendt--but also on Douglas Coupland, Ricky Gervais, Nicholson Baker, Ed Park, and Joshua Ferris. Here's a sample:

"Work language is full of bull****, and ... passes itself off as innocuous or even beneficial. Especially in clever hands, the controlling elements of work are repackaged as liberatory, counter-cultural, subversive: you're a skatepunk rebel because you work seventy hours a week beta-testing video games. The manager is positioned as an 'intellectual', a 'visionary', even a 'genius'. 'Creatives' are warehoused and petted. Demographics are labelled, products are categorized. Catchphrases, acronyms, proverbs, cliches, and sports metaphors are marshalled and deployed. Diffusion of sense through needles complexity, diffusion of responsibility through passive constructions, and elaborate celebration of minor achievements mark the language of work. And so: Outsourcing. Repositioning. Downsizing. Rebranding. Work the mission statement. Push the envelope. Think outside the box ... "

Or later, on the sudden burst of "office comedy" novels in the past ten years:

"These books are hilarious, and laughter is always a release.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Nealon on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having been a big fan of The Idler's Glossary, I was actually a little skeptical of this second effort - supposing it was just the gristle, excess fat and neck cobbled together with some design sense, but this couldn't be further from the truth! Far from the leftovers of the charming and thoughtful Idler's work, The Wage Slave's Glossary is even more vital, not the weak soup, but the strong reduced stock (to really run with this metaphor) that speaks directly to our times. Like any good glossary, from Bierce to John Carter, it is at its best when flipped rather than read end to end - and you'll soon find yourself unable to put it down; taking too long breaks at work, saying "well just one or two more definitions...

So start casting off those chains and buy a copy!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Khalas on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you've seen the Idler's Glossary you know what to expect from The Wage Slave's Glossary: fun bits, some learnin', and gorgeous design. And it couldn't be more timely.
(Plus not to be a shelf nerd but it looks great in my Seth section.)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
UPDATE (11/02)

For a while after the book came out, my review was the only one. Now, some uber-positive ones have been posted. There are now 4 others, besides my own.

A 5-star review from Ann Nocenti, who is a frequent contributer to HiLobrow.com, a site OWNED BY THE WRITER OF THIS BOOK.

A 5-star review from T. Nealon, who is a frequent contributer to HiLobrow.com, a site OWNED BY THE WRITER OF THIS BOOK.

The others? It can't be proven they are also friends of the author, because they use pseudonyms, but what are the odds they would ALL APPEAR ON THE SAME NIGHT, weeks after publication?

On October 15th, a negative review was written. 13 days later, ALL ON THE SAME NIGHT, 4 new positive reviews appeared, all of them were voted as "HELPFUL", and the one negative one was downvoted straight to hell.

Clearly, the authors saw my review, an honest one, and decided they wouldn't tolerate it. They opened up their email contact list, emailed some friends, and asked them to vote the negative review down and leave some positive notes.

To the followers of Hilobrow: The covert trashing of an honest review, and the leaving of fake reviews in a cynical attempt to sell more books - is that what are supporting by reading that blog?

Now for the review:

Forget the money - this book is not worth your time. A major disappointment.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?