“It’s not called Freakonomics, Donald, it is called Freakonomi”

This season’s show “Apprentice” with Donald Trump ended with Trump asking the winner whether the runner-up, Rebecca Jarvis, should also be hired. The winner said, “The show is called ‘The Apprentice,’ not ‘The Apprenti.’ ”

Not particularly important, but first let’s just note that if the plural of apprentice is “apprenti,” then by the same token our book should be called “Freakonomi.” Maybe in the paper back version.

More important, I know a celebrity! Rebecca Jarvis, the runner-up, is my former student at University of Chicago. If I remember correctly, she got an A.

Far stranger than her being my student is that we also went to the same high school in the Twin Cities.

I’ll have to dig out her old exam and get her to autograph it for me.


J-Deal

Randal totally deserved the win, I don;t want to take away from him at all.

But did anyone else have a problem when he didn't talk Trump into hiring Rebecca? She was also a star, and my jaw just kinda dropped when he didn't stick up for her.

I wonder if he just wanted his moment - which I can understand - or if he knew something that we didn't see on the program.

lc-maven

Yes, all of my friends were appalled.

The consensus analysis was that he had probably struggled for everything in his life and didn't want to dilute his victory.

That level of competitiveness is also part of the MIT ethos. As an alum, I can vouch for that.

Concurring Opinions

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The ending of this season's The Apprentice (with Donald Trump) has everybody talking. Rebecca Jarvis and Randal Pinkett were the finalists, both of whom Trump thought were outstanding stars. He hired Randal and later asked Randal whether he should...

jason_k

I attended the same high school as Becky and Steve. And, I can definitely attest the the fact that Becky has been a hard working, assertive person from the get-go.

Notsocommoncents.com

Apprentice: Randal was right.

While others are wrongly painting Randal as selfish here is something to ponder.

The question, Trump asked Randal, if he were Trump would he have hired her to run his business. There was obvious pause in his response because the true answer to the q...

Scipio

I can't stand it when people think they're being clever by improperly pluralizing nouns. Randall should use his newfound wealth to buy a copy of Strunk & White's, and maybe he'll sound like less of an idiot when he talks.

sophistry

It was a pretty egregious grammatical error. Had it been a mere false segmentation (replacing chairman with chairwoman) it could have been forgivable. But there was no -us suffix, so I don't know how he could have come up with i.
Not to mention that apprentices is a pretty common plural.
Or he thought he was clever, in which case it was not funny at all.

StCheryl

I fail to grasp Donald Trump's appeal. The line for the auditions for the second round of the Apprentice was something like four city blocks long...

dontomsmi

It was incredibly unfair for Donald to put Randall in that position. He worked just as hard as Rebecca did to get to that point, so why should he have to share it. In addition, if Donald wanted to hire Rebecca, then he should have just done it. He fired 4 apprentices in one episode, so if he wanted to hire 2 apprentices, just do it.

StCheryl

As one who lived with the residential rat infestation on the upper west side during the many years of construction of Trump's Riverside Place, and (as a regulator) reviewed his financials in connection with his 1990 bankruptcy, it is my view that Donald Trump could never be mistaken for fair.

Justin

You know, I was under the impression that he was actually saying "Appren-tie," which, while (sort of) gramatically correct, is just as cringe-worthy.

I would argue that its better than the awkward pluralization, but I'm a fan of silly puns in general, so...

josh

Wasn't he joking?

josh

Also, it would have really killed the show.

"Tom Brady, you and the New England PAtriots just won the SuperBowl! Congratulations you were great, but so were the Eagles. We're thinking of making the SuperBowl champions, too. What do you think?...Tom there's no need for that kind of language; there are children watching. And by the way it's not ass-hi."

J-Deal

Randal totally deserved the win, I don;t want to take away from him at all.

But did anyone else have a problem when he didn't talk Trump into hiring Rebecca? She was also a star, and my jaw just kinda dropped when he didn't stick up for her.

I wonder if he just wanted his moment - which I can understand - or if he knew something that we didn't see on the program.

lc-maven

Yes, all of my friends were appalled.

The consensus analysis was that he had probably struggled for everything in his life and didn't want to dilute his victory.

That level of competitiveness is also part of the MIT ethos. As an alum, I can vouch for that.

Concurring Opinions

Freakonomics, The Apprentice, Student Grades, and Privacy

The ending of this season's The Apprentice (with Donald Trump) has everybody talking. Rebecca Jarvis and Randal Pinkett were the finalists, both of whom Trump thought were outstanding stars. He hired Randal and later asked Randal whether he should...

jason_k

I attended the same high school as Becky and Steve. And, I can definitely attest the the fact that Becky has been a hard working, assertive person from the get-go.

Notsocommoncents.com

Apprentice: Randal was right.

While others are wrongly painting Randal as selfish here is something to ponder.

The question, Trump asked Randal, if he were Trump would he have hired her to run his business. There was obvious pause in his response because the true answer to the q...

Scipio

I can't stand it when people think they're being clever by improperly pluralizing nouns. Randall should use his newfound wealth to buy a copy of Strunk & White's, and maybe he'll sound like less of an idiot when he talks.

sophistry

It was a pretty egregious grammatical error. Had it been a mere false segmentation (replacing chairman with chairwoman) it could have been forgivable. But there was no -us suffix, so I don't know how he could have come up with i.
Not to mention that apprentices is a pretty common plural.
Or he thought he was clever, in which case it was not funny at all.