Lost in translation
Many English speakers have a difficult time with the verbal metaphor. To say that something is “like” something else is rather awkward to say, as it sounds like you are up to something. You’re saying it while speaking and it comes out as… well, grammatically incorrect. Aside from sounding awkward, using a “like” conjunction can also be incorrect. A “like” conjunction is when two words or phrases are joined by a coordinating conjunction (preceded by the word or phrase). So, for example, “I would like to buy a fabric store” is a grammatically correct statement because ” fabric ” is a type of fabric.
This is how fake news gets into the heads of the people. A headline says something is “like” Donald Trump. Now, who hasn’t been bombarded with this exact phrase over and over? But wait, despite its ridiculousness, this isn’t actually the case. The phrase “like… Donald Trump” was said by a journalist to be a catchphrase. Now, the journalist may have been trying to be funny, but in reality people “like” everything. This phrase is effectively an exposition of the inability to judge the future. Are we to believe that he (she, it, they, we) cannot judge the future? If this is true, then the phrase is void of any meaning.
As stated before, however, this phrase does have a meaning. Students will have heard it before, and therefore can correctly assign its meaning. It is important to note how this phrase is implemented. A similar phrase is “like… everywhere.” This is important because it is intended to explain how one word can refer to anything, or everything. This is used in cases where a complete concept is not yet clear. It is an example of an open-ended question.
Answer: 1. Everywhere 2. Like… 1. Newspapers 2. Like… 2. Religion 3. Like… 4. Like… 5. like…
The above negotiation is a little long, but the important parts are covered. In short, there is a way to successfully negotiate whether something is “worth” something in your head. You need to start with something worth nothing or a low priority. Something that you would not naturally buy or pay for. Ask yourself “Why would I pay for this?” as you walk away from the negotiation table. Remember, you are the one who has to initiate the move, so your negotiation should reflect your intent to trade.
Depending on the topic of the negotiation, use either “all of the above” or “any of the above.” Depending on the negotiation format, use the phrase “for instance” or “in contrast.” To quote Robert Kiyosaki, when you negotiate, “You have to give something of equal value in return for something of equal value.”
There are times when the opposite side of a trade equation is worth more than the sum of its parts. A football player who tears up plays tremendously in the Super Bowl. However, the backup running back got in on the act. The universe, creatively working in secret, creates space for everyone’s favorite actors. It gives everyone an opportunity to shine and people are happier when they are working together.
So, what does this have to do with economics? When someone with a Ph.D. in economics marries a high school graduate, everyone gets happier because society finds a way to make the two sides of the equation balance each other out. Wait! There’s more. As the Ph.D. holder expands their internet empire, they find themselves inevitably ascending the social hierarchy. Their empire will continually enhance the happiness of all those within it, and add to the greater glory of the entire universe.
So, finally, how does this little exercise help economics? If you have a Ph.D. in economics, I dare say you found it useful. But, if you were a high school student, probably to impress, probably to get into college, or, who knows, perhaps to get a well-paying job after college, economics could be kind of helpful.
Yes, really. Try it! I dare say it helped me on my way to becoming an economics undergraduate. And, who knows? Maybe it helped someone else who read this as well. Economics is not just about supply and demand. It could be about leisure time, social welfare, quality of life, and a thousand other things.
In the final analysis, any teenager who sees his parents struggling to make their way through college may have enrolled in college as a way to help them get a leg up in the workforce. In a sense, they are right. In a sense, we all do need to take a leg up if we are to compete in the workplace.
So, why take a math course?