Stories by Paul McNamara

You've been synergy-related headcount restructured

Even the word layoff is a euphemism, when you think about it. Yes, it can serve to draw a distinction between budget-based and performance-based termination, but not many laid-off workers get recalled to their old jobs these days; "laid off" pretty much means you're fired.

'Hello, you have reached my iPhone'

I know what you're thinking: No one could possibly be so enamored of their iPhone -- not to mention so pretentious and/or oblivious to the potential snickers -- as to drop the name of the world's most famous tech toy into their answering machine message.