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February 10 2013

thatsridicarus

Knave girls and Gay girls and Boys

genderfluidity:
From the QI episode on Boys and Girls last year:
The people who were traditionally dressed in pink and called girls were boys. Pink was considered the traditional colour for boys and blue for girls in the 19th century. In 1927, there was a report about Princess Astrid of Belgium who had decorated her son’s room pink, only for her to give birth to a daughter. Part of the reason why blue may be seen as the traditional colour for girls is because the Virgin Mary is dressed in blue. Right until the mid-15th century, all children were referred to as girls, boys were called “knave girls” and girls were called “gay girls”. The word “boy” originally meant “servant”.

http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/7/7/
Reposted bymonimich monimich

January 05 2013

thatsridicarus

September 03 2011

These Are The Flaws Google Looks For When It Wants To Fire People

businessinsider.my:
Google chairman Eric Schmidt and former svp/product management Jonathan Rosenberg were in London recently to promote their new book “How Google Works.” We attended a conversation about the book and told you what they look for when hiring new people at the company.

But sometimes Google needs to get rid of people too, especially when a staffer isn’t a good fit with the company. In a chat about Google’s internal management techniques, Rosenberg said that the company was constantly on the lookout for “knaves.” Knaves are employees that are so annoying or ill-willed that they drive away the good employees. Too many knaves can cripple a company, Rosenberg says, so preventing high levels of “knave density” — the level of bad employees concentrated in any one team — is crucial. “If you get more than a few of these knaves, people don’t want to come to work in the morning”, he said.

So what does a knave look like?

Knaves “lie, cheat, steal, and take credit for other people’s work”, Rosenberg said. He also said that knaves “leak, cheat, lie and steal”.



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