The terminology of the 99 percent campaign has infiltrated every facet of our lives. In my home, 1 percenter is currently synonymous with asshole, the shirking of household duties, and leaving only a drop of milk in the carton, while 99 percentcan be invoked for any grievance and to improve one’s negotiating position. Yesterday in the car, on the way to the supermarket:
E: Dinner’s on me. Whatever you want to eat.
L: Ah, maybe you should pay me a living wage instead, for editing your blog posts… You 1 percenter.
E: … Didn’t they used to call this ‘top’ and ‘bottom’?