I got an earful when I asked readers to comment on my Nov. 6column and Sept. 25 blog entry, “Broker Chutzpah,” in which Ihailed one state agent group executive for hammering big brokerswho insist that all producers give up contingency fees because somebad apples in their ranks rigged bids to trigger bonuscommissions.

One reader wondered whether everyone in my audience evenunderstood what “chutzpah” means.

For the record, the Yiddish word–which has made its way intoAmerican slang–means “unmitigated effrontery, impudence, gall,audacity, nerve,” according to Dictionary.com. That captures thefeelings of the person who originally hurled the word atmega-brokers–Michael D'Arelli, vice president of legislative andregulatory affairs for the Western Insurance AgentsAssociation.

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