Sharpen your Pencil | Trivial Tropes! | The Ruggist

Sharpen Your Pencil! | Trivial Tropes

A lighthearted look at the words and phrases customers and salespeople use without thought.

Written word can so easily lack the nuance conveyed by the pace and cadence of speech. Comedic timing depends heavily on this distinction and so whether one finds The Ruggist humorous or just plain laughable on occasion, others would say I have a decent sense of that timing. Irregardless – Which many argue is not a ‘real’ word rather a combination or regardless and irrespective, and following English convention would mean ‘without regardless’, a double negative so actually meaning ‘with regard’. More on this later! – of what you think, any self-respecting Rug Dealer, Ruggy (or Ruggie), Rug Salesman, Ruggist – but (k)not The Ruggist, Porter, Floor Technician, Expeditor, Rug Saleswoman, Rug Salesperson (Why must English remove gender specific nouns?), National Sales Director, Owner, Rug Historian, Creative Director, plain ol’ Person-in-charge, ad nauseam, worth their weight in a pile of wool dust has had to endure countless musings of supposedly clever customers, now known as CeCe, (and coworkers) all of which have been uttered so widely and geographically disparate that we must assume CeCe (singular in case, plural in meaning) are actually a special sub-species of human possessing a collective consciousness of indecision. Yes that is one sentence.

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Vanquishing Manufactured Trends - A denouncement of the Pantone Color Institute's Color of the Year: 'Ultra Violet' | The Ruggist

Vanquishing Manufactured Trends

A denouncement of the Pantone Color Institute's Color of the Year: 'Ultra Violet' (and others).

Beyond the scope of this commentator’s existence there most assuredly must have been a time free from corporate and financially driven trends, but that era – whenever it may have been – is far removed from the consumption driven reality that is the early twenty-first century of the common-era. In this day, in an ever increasing and readily apparent manner, consumers are not only bombarded with new trends, they are done so at an ever increasing rate; each new trend supplanting the former as if had never been, relegating it to the shelf of formerly-amazing-you-cannot-live-without-it products and ideas. This is the crux of the problem with trends. It is impossible to fully, genuinely, passionately, authentically embrace a trend because come the passing of another year, quarter, fashion season – of which there now number approximately fifty-two per year – or what have you, the next purportedly new thing must be embraced. This inherent obsolescence exists for no other reason than to sell more wares. For an industry such as the handmade rug and carpet industry, and additionally high-quality tufted and machine-made qualities, it is disingenuous at best to try and sell a product which can endure multiple years/decades/generations only to then proclaim another is needed when trends – manufactured as they are – change.

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