Re: not groucho (Re: Apple jobs to Open Source dweebs)

(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 12:49:37 -0500

It has come to my attention that some English-speaking types use the spelling
"petty-bourgeois" rather than "petit-bourgeois", as I had thought the term
spelled. That I should be unaware of this usage is quite understandable; I
haven't felt it necessary yet to read Lenin's writings, either in (strange!)
translation, or in the original Aramaic. Hi-Ho-A-Folio, A-Trotsky we will go.

The preference for the "petty" spelling seems to me to run the ragged edge of
suave Eurodisdain, since it looks rather too honestly a slap at tiny-brained
capitalism. I thought they preferred a veneer of subtlety with their
demonization of the free.

So bourgeois it hurts, I return you to your regularly scheduled petit


The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to collectivists, to
people who believe that wealth is best obtained by redistribution, and that
message is clear and concise: Go to hell! It's as simple as that.
- P.J. O'Rourke