Boss Day - celebrated on October 16, 2008
- National Boss Day created in 1958 by Patricia Haroski, a secretary at State Farm Insurance Company
- Patricia started Boss Day to pay tribute to bosses
- Official date (October 16) is Patricia’s father’s birthday
How Many Bosses are Out There?
- 6.7 million managers in the US (5% of the US workforce)
- 1.6 million managers in Canada (10% of the Canadian workforce)
Mr. and Mrs. Boss
- Around 7500 people in the U.S. answer to Mr. or Mrs. Boss.
- “Boss” is the #3714 most common last name in the U.S.
Origin of “Boss”
- From the Dutch word “baas” (meaning "a master"), a standard title for a ship’s captain
- 1625 - first time “Boss” was used in English
- Popularity of “Boss” in American English may be an egalitarian avoidance of master
Boss in the Dictionary
- Slang - in the 50’s, ‘boss’ meant great, first-rate or topnotch
- Barnyard - 'boss' is another name for a cow or calf
- Medicine - a ‘boss’ is a name for a rounded swelling, protuberance or humpback
- … so, this sentence is technically feasible: Your boss did a boss job healing the boss’s itchy boss.
Strange Boss Facts
- Bossiest town - Boss, Missouri (population 609)
- Boss Nicknames - 'The Boss’ – Bruce Springsteen, singer / songwriter; ‘Boss Tweed’ - William Marcy Tweed, infamous corrupt New York politician;
- Boss Songs - Big Boss Man (Elvis Priestly) ; I Love My Boss (Moxy Fruvous);
- Bossiest Superhero - BossMan (of course!)