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Ann Bishop  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:56
Dutch to English
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Mar 19, 2003

I thought some of these were really funny...I wonder if we will ever use them...

NEW WORDS FOR 2003 - Essential additions for the workplace vocabulary!!

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, craps on

everything, and then leaves.

ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and

advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only

to get screwed and die in the end.

CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.

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.

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

SITCOM: 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.

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

SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the

magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.

XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one\'s workplace.

IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you

find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime


PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an

electronic device to get it to work again.

ADMINISPHERE: The 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.

404: Someone who\'s clueless. From the World Wide Web error message \"404 Not

Found,\" meaning that the requested document could not be located.

GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no

matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions.

OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that

you\'ve just made a BIG mistake.

WOOFY(S): Well Off Older Folks.

Have a great day.



Bruce Popp  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:56
French to English
an addition Mar 19, 2003

Mushroom management: keep them in the dark and pile on the bullshit


Amy Taylor  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:56
Member (2002)
Italian to English
Winners from the Washington Post's Style Invitational Apr 29, 2003

Just a few gems from this contest, which asks contributors to alter a word from the dictionary by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter and then to write the new definition.

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you

realize it was your money to start with.

Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

Giraffiti: Vandalism painted very, very high.

Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who

doesn\'t get it.

Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

Karmageddon: It\'s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad

vibes, right? And! then, like, the Earth explodes and it\'s like, a serious


Glibido: All talk and no action.

Dopeer Effect: The tendency for stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come

at you rapidly.

And, the winner of the Washington Post\'s Style Invitational:

Ignoranus: A person who\'s both stupid and an asshole.

(Sarchasm is my undisputed favorite icon_smile.gif)


Leo te Braake | dutCHem  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:56
English to Dutch
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It exists! May 8, 2003

On 2003-03-19 22:07, asmulders wrote:

I thought some of these were really funny...I wonder if we will ever use them...


SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on

everything, and then leaves.


This one was published in a word for word Dutch Translation just in the week that I had experienced Seagull Management. It spoils my fun on the waterfront.




Katherine Zei  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:56
Italian to English
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Those are great!! May 12, 2003

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