Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

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Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Lifestyle & Consumer.

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Figuratively Speaking is a statistics column intended to educate and amuse readers with its take on prevailing conventional wisdom. The column shows the vagaries of a life in business, though it offers informational figures about all aspects of society. It is attuned to the twist or the sarcastic, but the chief aim of Figuratively Speaking is to capture changing trends, including the differences between the sexes, the changing workplace, brick and mortar versus high-tech, wages, costs and everything in between.


Formerly self-syndicated, Figuratively Speaking appears in top publications including The Detroit Free Press, the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis, the San Jose Mercury News, The (Portland) Oregonian, The Indianapolis Star, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, the Honolulu Advertiser and many others. Canadian clients include: The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, and The (Montreal) Gazette.

A fascinating, flexible and thoroughly sourced column, Figuratively Speaking will entertain and enlighten readers.
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John MacIntyre

John MacIntyre is a versatile journalist with more than 15 years experience as a writer and editor. As the former editor-in-chief of two city magazines, he has directed, written or commented upon a wide range of subjects in all media.


In 1989, MacIntyre launched the column Figuratively Speaking, a statistics column intended to educate and amuse readers with its take on prevailing conventional wisdom.

The column shows the vagaries of a life in business, though it offers informational figures about all aspects of society.

In addition to print media, MacIntyre has written extensively for radio, television and video. He has also started a magazine about antiques and is the author of three books: one on golf, one on motherhood, and the other on Nova Scotia.

MacIntyre earned a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He currently lives in Nova Scotia with his family, which includes a mutt named Skipper.

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  • published: Sunday, October 12, 2014

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