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Are all these terms used in 2002?
Thread poster: Jacek Krankowski
Jacek Krankowski  Identity Verified
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Nov 14, 2002

On both sides of the Atlantic?


BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, eats everything, makes a mess and then leaves.

CHAINSAW CONSULTANT: An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee headcount, leaving the top brass with clean hands.

CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.

IDEA HAMSTERS: People who always seem to have their idea generators running.

MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation\'s answer to the couch potato.

PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops

something loudly in a cube farm, and people\'s heads pop up over the walls to

see what\'s going on.

SITCOMs: (Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage) What yuppies

turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.

SQUIRT THE BIRD: To transmit a signal to a


STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

SWIPED OUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.

TOURISTS: People who take training classes just to get a vacation from their jobs. \"We had three serious students in the class; the rest were just tourists.

TREEWARE: Hacker slang for documentation or other printed material.

XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free

photocopies from one\'s workplace.

GOING POSTAL: Euphemism for being totally stressed out, for losing it. Makes reference to the unfortunate track record of

postal employees who have snapped and gone on shooting rampages.

ALPHA GEEK: The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an

office or work group.

ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

CHIPS & SALSA: Chips = hardware, Salsa = software. \"Well, first we gotta figure out if the problem\'s in your chips or your


FLIGHT RISK: Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave a company or department soon.

GOOD JOB: A \"Get-Out-Of-Debt\" Job. A well-paying job people take in order to pay off their debts, one that they will quit as

soon as they are solvent again.

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the heck out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

UNINSTALLED: Euphemism for being fired. Heard on the voice-mail of a vice

president at a downsizing computer firm: \"You have reached the number of

an Uninstalled Vice President. Please dial our main number and ask the operator for assistance. *(Syn: decruitment.)

VULCAN NERVE PINCH: The taxing hand position

required to reach all the appropriate keys for certain commands. For instance, the arm reboot for a Mac II computer involves simultaneously pressing the Control key, the Command Key, the Return Key, and the Power On key.

YUPPIE FOOD STAMPS: The ubiquitous $20 bills spewed out of ATMs everywhere. Often used when trying to split the bill after a meal, \"We each owe $8, but all anybody\'s got are yuppie food stamps.\"

SALMON DAY - The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to die in the end.

CLM - Career Limiting Move - Used among microserfs to describe ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she is within

earshot is a serious CLM.

ADMINISPHERE - Te rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the

problems they were designed

to solve.

DILBERTED- To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. Derived from the experiences of Dilbert, the geek-in-hell comic strip

character. \"I\'ve been dilberted again. The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week.\"

404 - Someone who\'s clueless. From the World Wide Web error message \"404 Not Found,\" meaning that the requested document

could not be located.\"Don\'t bother asking him ... he\'s 404, man.\"

GENERICA- Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip

malls, subdivisions. Used as in \"We were so lost in generica that I forgot what city we were in.\"

OHNOSECOND- That minuscule fraction of time in which ou realize that ou\'ve just made a BIG mistake.

UMFRIEND- A sexual relation of dubious standing or a concealed intimate elationship, as in \"This is Dyan, my ... um ... friend.\"

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Agnieszka Hayward
Local time: 13:53
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pretty... Nov 14, 2002

I allowed myself to paste the whole thing into emails to friends who are potentially going to be laid off (God forbid!).

Thanks for a great deal of fun and reflecting upon life (yes, yes) amidst new product development...

cheers from sunny beautiful Wroclaw


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Catherine Bolton  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:53
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Thanks! Nov 14, 2002

For the new terms... and the laugh.

I\'m particularly tickled over \"generica\", because I have tried to describe the fact that as you go down (generic) Route XX, you feel as if you\'re going in circles. All those strip malls look alike!

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Silvina Beatriz Codina  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:53
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Not only funny... Nov 14, 2002

... but useful too. I\'ll not be surprised if at some time or other I find something like \"cube farm\" or \"404\" in some text to be translated

At least now I won\'t be stumped!

And I thought a sitcom was one of those comedies with canned laughter.

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Local time: 13:53
English to Italian
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thanks :) :) :) Nov 15, 2002

particularly interested in the ethologic items of the list - vast (and stressful) experience of seagull managers, idea hamsters and related newcomers (new?!?) ...trying to recall their latin names... Cricetus ideosus ideosus? Larus maledictus managerialis?

but here is my dilemma: can alpha geeks breath in the adminisphere?

good night&day,


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Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:53
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Thanks indeed Jacek :-) Nov 19, 2002

...I think that you\'ll find a lot of these new coinages @ which I\'ve also subscribed to (URL already mentioned in your other thread \"An idiom a day\").

Otherwise you can enjoy (but can one really enjoy this?) Business Buzzword Bingo @ if you have a spare minute. Management lingo at its best (or at its worst, I should\'ve said) -> loads of hot air!


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