superior

You know what “superior” means. It means “better than.” Now, if you’ll keep that in mind, I’d like you to notice that it also means “boss.”

Years ago, I worked in a small retail establishment where I earned an hourly wage just barely north of minimum. The owner was a man who smelled like a sweaty outhouse into which a small mammal afflicted with hepatitis had crawled and died. I’m not exaggerating for comic effect here: He smelled like sweat and shit and death. He apparently had enough money to take long vacations to Asia every so often, but not enough to have the high-traffic carpets in the front of the store cleaned more than once a year (or pay his employees a decent wage). Was this man my superior? I’ll let you decide.

In the meantime, be aware that the way you talk about others can affect the way you see yourself. Don’t say people are better than you if they’re not.