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.
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
MOUSE POTATO - The on-line, wired generation's answer to the
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.
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.
SQUIRT THE BIRD - To transmit a signal to a satellite.
STARTER MARRIAGE - A short-lived first marriage that ends in
divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.
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
XEROX SUBSIDY - Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from
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
CHIPS & SALSA - Chips? Hardware, salsa? Software.
"Well, first we gotta figure out if the problem's in your chips
or your salsa.
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.
IRRITAINMENT - Entertainment and media spectacles that are
annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The OJ
trials were a prime example. Bill Clinton's shameful video Grand
Jury testimony is another.
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:
VULCAN NERVE PINCH - The taxing hand position required to
reach all the appropriate keys for certain commands. For instance,
the arm re-boot 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
SALMON DAY - The experience of spending an entire day
swimming upstream only to get screwed and 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 - 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.
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 you
realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.