Welcome to the Precariat

Thanks once more to the valuable WordSpy, I find there’s a name for the professional group among whom I’ve spent most of my working years: The Precariat. I feel like the Moliere character who was pleased to learn that he’d been speaking prose all his life.
But (repeat after me)  I’m still really, really glad that public-sector unions have their work rules! I know that the work they do is just much more valuable than what we do in the Precariat, and I know that the world is better because it takes three years to fire a drunken,  incompetent New York City teacher. It is more just, comrade, more just. . .
(Sorry about the jammed-up formatting here…..)
precariat
n. People whose lives are precarious because they have little or no job security. [Precarious + proletariat.]
Example Citations:
This is echoed by the handful of other academics who are dipping their toes into the murky psychological depths where liberal values and baser instincts collide. The economist Professor Guy Standing, for example, who has charted the slide away from altruism and tolerance among that large group of stressed, job-insecure Britons he dubs the “precariat”.
—Bill Tuckey, “Liberals: The secret elitists,” The Independent, December 13, 2010
 

 

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