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  1. “I don’t understand the Horse comic.”

    CV (Curriculum Vitae) is another term for resume, as in a summary of a person’s job skills and experience. It’s the usual term over here in the UK.

  2. Thanks Pete. In all my years of seeking employment here in the US, I have never had an employer ask me to submit a curriculum vitae.

  3. That’s because in the U.S. the designation “C. V.” tends to get used more often for academic positions and careers. As Pete says, and as I gather from UK and OZ television shows, in some other parts of the world they use “C.V.” more generally, like the U.S. usage of “résumé”. (And I’m just guessing on the number of é to write..)

  4. @Andréa Thanks for submitting that Dark Side of the Horse!. – About a week ago I was in a skill prep meditation course and, once I was deep in, the leader mentioned particular skills and little dream-like visuals (I was a bit sleepy) would fire off like rockets; then each would quickly transform into such a different scenario that I couldn’t remember what skill the dream started with. So, I related viscerally to the quick shift that happened to The Horse.

  5. On “résumé”: that is the correct spelling in French. In English, it is often written “resumé”, where the accent serves to distinguish it from the verb “resume”. Putting an accent mark on the first vowel doesn’t affect the pronunciation in English, or otherwise help the reader distinguish it from another word. So it could be considered optional. In fact, for me, writing “résumé” in English with two accent marks is like using a dieresis in “coöperate” and “reëntry”.

    A similar word is “protégé” — it has two accented vowels in French, but one needs to put an accent mark only on the last one for readers of the word in English to recognize it. We wouldn’t as easily mistake “protegé” for another English word, but the orthographic convention helps us read smoothly.

    Then there are “fiancée” and “fiancé”, which I think I have seen written “fiancee” and “fiance”. An advantage of writing the accent mark in these is that it helps them look less like “finance”.

    Strictly, someone with a job would be an “employée” or an “employé” depending on their sex. In fact I remember having, many years ago, read “employe”. Here, though, most of us are aware of the suffix -ee (trustee, payee, lessee) to the extent that we use it jocularly with other verbs. We interpret “employee” as being derived (like “employer”) from “employ”. So there is no question of writing with an accent or a single final “e”.

    (I see that my spelling checker doesn’t accept any of the following: “coöperate”, “reëntry”, “protegé”, “fiancee”, “fiance”, “employée”, “employé”, or “employe”.)

  6. Also, Dark Side Of The Horse likes to pun the Roman numerals in the various dream sequences. CV here would mean 105.

  7. “Putting an accent mark on the first vowel doesn’t affect the pronunciation in English,”

    It does for me; I’ve always pronounced it RAYsumAY, and spelt it with two accents acute.

  8. Thanks, Pete. At first I thought the CV meant CVS Pharmacy, and the paper was one of the long CVS receipts.

  9. “CV (Curriculum Vitae) is another term for resume, as in a summary of a person’s job skills and experience.”

    In academia, it includes all your publications, which means it can be quite lengthy (a short resume is preferred in general, but a short CV is disfavored, so the trend is to make it as long as possible.

  10. Years ago there was one of those elimination contest shows for movie-making called “On the Lot”, where the contestants would make short films. One was by Adam B. Stein, title “Dough the Musical”. In that, they used both CV and resume, but they were creating song lyrics and needed rhymes.

    Being something of an obsessive about information (and now a non-productive member of society) I looked up the two actors.

    Arden Kaywin is a vocal coach with videos on YouTube and such.

    Ethan Brosowsky did a bit of acting, but is now some executive for a medical consulting business. He was also a contestant on Jeopardy! where he was a one-day champ. There I found an interesting synchronicity.

    The question in Final that won it for him was something along the lines of “Both Frank Sinatra and J. Edgar Hoover objected to this 1959 TV show.” The answer was, “The Untouchables”. In Ethan’s IMDB record appears:

    The Untouchables (TV Series)
    – Pilot – Part 1 (1993) … Young Al Capone

    Did that appearance in the revival of the show help him get it right? He was the only one, which allowed him to move from second to the win.

  11. I forget which early-60’s game show this was, but you had to guess a word from a series of clues, and the word was “sunburn” and the first clue was “People with this might be called ‘The Untouchables.'”

  12. I could not be “Password”, as “Password” only allowed one-word clues.

    Maybe it was “Pyramid”.

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