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Interns?...Happy Hour?...Networking?

Part XIV of The Washington Post two hundred and seventeed part series, "Trend Reporting for Dummies" informs us of the shocking news that there are a lot of interns in Washington, DC over the summer and that they frequently go to happy hours hoping to network. Left unanswered: Are there wingmen present at these happy hours?

August 14, 2006 | Permalink


Then there's this article, which I suspect someone wrote just to have an excuse to use the word "skintern".

Posted by: Becks | Aug 14, 2006 6:05:47 PM

I like the picture that goes with the story - which includes a guy and a girl kissing. Um... networking? Right. Looks like picking up, not networking.

I still don't get why Matthew seems all offended at the paper printing an article on a topic that some people may already know about. As if everybody who reads the Post knows about the happy hour scene at the Dubliner.

Posted by: Al | Aug 14, 2006 6:45:41 PM

Ah, see, the "skinterns" article has value-added. That's a new-to-me word.

Posted by: Matthew Yglesias | Aug 14, 2006 7:28:22 PM

"Gen Y — or millenials, as they are often called — don't have the same sense of respect for hierarchy or authority as older generations do," said Tory Johnson, founder and CEO of Women for Hire.

what a genius! we all remember how boomers and gen x'ers were famous for their respect for hierarchy and authority!

Posted by: peep | Aug 14, 2006 8:14:31 PM

Once again, Matt, the Metro section isn't written for you. It's written for old guys like me, who like to look at pictures of pretty young things over our breakfasts. (The article is just an excuse for the pic.) The Post has already written you off - I suspect that you don't subscribe and read the paper on the net- and is trying its hardest to hold on to subscribers like me. without pissing off subscribers like my wife.

Posted by: JR | Aug 14, 2006 9:02:27 PM

OK its a typo, but "seventeed" is exactly the kind of typo I make. The n and the d are nowhere near each other on the keyboard but when one of them appears at the end of a word they get magically switched.

Does this happen to anyone else?

Posted by: JackSc | Aug 14, 2006 10:17:43 PM

That's a new-to-me word.

You've got to be kidding me.

JackSc-happens to me, too. Not sure why.

Posted by: flippantangel | Aug 15, 2006 12:42:48 AM

Moral of the comment thread:

Meaningless puff style pieces are only appreciated if accompanied by salacious themes and newly coined words.

If the "wingman" piece had coined a new synonym for "wingman", it would have escaped Matthew's scorn.

Posted by: Petey | Aug 15, 2006 6:48:19 AM

Meaningless puff style pieces are only appreciated if accompanied by salacious themes and newly coined words.

Well, I think the "newly coined words" bit may be unique to Matt, who must have been the only person left in DC not to have heard that word yet.

But as for the former part of the sentence, yeah. I mean, you only want to eat junk food if it tastes good, right. Same principle applies here.

Posted by: flippantangel | Aug 15, 2006 10:44:03 AM

It could be worse, Matt. You could have been assigned to write the networking interns article.

Posted by: Don | Aug 15, 2006 10:55:49 AM

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