My latest article for American Express’ OPEN Forum. Here’s a preview.
I had a meeting today with a guy who wanted to discuss a possible business collaboration. Basically, he had a pitch for me, and we spoke for about 20 minutes. I offered about five sentences, and he filled the rest of the time with puffery–for his idea, the people involved, and me. What’s puffery? It’s flattery and exaggerated praise, especially when used for promotional purposes. It’s my new favorite word. Pizza Hut is using it in their commercials to point out that the “better-tasting pizza” claims of the Papa John’s organization are no more than puffery. Apparently, Papa was forced to admit as much in a federal court. Yikes.
Continue reading the article at OPEN Forum.