Forward Spin: Feb. 1, 1993

WORD WATCH

Thanks to that little button on the ever present remote control, the one that cuts off television sound during commercials, a comforting -- even empowering -- new verb has sprouted throughout the land: to mute. Typical usage, describing how you cut off a boring conversation: "I muted him."

CULTURE POLLUTION

There's only one thing worse than business books: business novels. A new spate -- with titles like The Quadrant Solution and Flying Fox -- dispense the usual wooden phrasing and boring platitudes with, occasionally, a clunky hint of sex. Quadrant offers a numbing exchange about business expansion, interrupted by...

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