White Collars

Christian B

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A senior (by age) colleague in my office wears white collar shirts. The first two days I saw him do so, I thought probably his washing machine/maid must have broken down and he did not have a fresh shirt to wear. But continued wearing such shirts almost daily. I wondered what could be the reason to do so. Probably he wanted to identify himself as a bigger idiot (read VP, Director) than the other fools (read managers) and bozos (read executives).

That prompted me to do some research on the term ‘White Collar‘. According to wikipedia, “The term white-collar worker refers to a salaried professional or an educated worker who performs semi-professional office, administrative, and sales coordination tasks, as opposed to a blue-collar worker, whose job requires manual labor.” The origin of the term is traced to 1930s and is generally credited to an American writer Upton Sinclair.

Although it is not written any where, I guess the ‘real’ white collared shirts were invented and meant to be worn so that the manual labour workers and the administrative workers could be separated. Although limited to work, later the term was also extended to corporate crimes.

Anyway, I know this is not an exceptionally intelligent post. I just did not think some one will actually implement the white collar distinguishably on his shirt. Some people are bummers, aren’t they?