2021 A to Z Challenge: Accounting

For those new to the A to Z challenge, bloggers in April try to write posts using the alphabet on a given theme. As my bio warns, mine tend to be longer than 500 words, but I promise they go the extra mile! For the 2021 A to Z challenge, I gave myself a challenge–Accounting. But not just technical accounting–what’s interesting about accounting?

I wrote twenty-six posts on everything from hedge funds to T accounts, with the zen of Zero thrown in for good measure. The posts are listed alphabetically below. Browse at will; I’ll never know.

A is for Accounting (This is about history, not columns of numbers to be added at the end of the day.)

B is for Banking (A thankless job, but somebody has to do it.)

C is for Clay Balls (Wherein we find that accountants invented everything.)

D is for Double-Entry (The Yin and Yang, the Force & The Dark Side)

E is for Earnings (…and the meaning of self-worth…)

F is for Fraud (People try to be so tricksy.)

G is for GAAP (The big acronym that ever accountant must know.)

H is for Hedge (They say the hedgehog knows one big thing.)

I is for Ireland (They call Apple’s tax dodge “Leprechaunomics.”)

J is for Journal (Not the writing kind but the other kind.)

K is for Kiting (Remember E.F. Hutton? Want to know where they went?)

L is for Liabilities (The proof that we will live past a harvest.)

M is for Materiality (Ode to the depreciation of a wastebasket)

N is for Nonprofit (And, yes, they do make profits. They just don’t keep them.)

O is for Overhead (It’s not fluff. It’s most people.)

P is for Pacioli (The father of accounting.)

Q is for Qualified Opinion (Opinions are important in accounting.)

R is for ROI (Return on Investment)

S is for Sarbanes Oxley (What makes even the accountants shudder?)

T is for Taxes (Did you know many people can get their taxes done by experts, for free?)

U is for Useful Life (Which accountants know oh-so-well.)

V is for Value (What’s it worth to ya?)

W is for Wedgwood (The “father” of cost accounting.)

X is for XBRL (The Universal Translator for accountants.)

Y is for Yield Curve (One kind of crystal ball.)

Z is for Zero (The Void. Infinity. Nothingness. And vital to anyone using numbers.)

Final note: Because of the history I dredged up in these posts, I wrote my Master’s thesis on accounting history. “Using the Pen of Goodness: Accounting and Culture in the Late Medieval World (1200-1500).” Pacioli got my started, then Christine de Pizan, and the Mongol/Persian Il-Khanate pushed me further.

How’s that for blogs imitating life imitating blogs?