Monday, August 13, 2007

Generation X Office Lingo

This is an "oldie but goodie" that I thought I'd bring back. Enjoy!

Blamestorming - sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.

Body Nazis - hard-core exercises and weight-lifting fanatics who look down on anyone who doesn't work out obsessively.

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.

Ego Surfing - scanning the Net, databases, print media, and so on, looking for references to one's own name.

Elvis Year - the peak year of somethings popularity.

404 - someone who is clueless (from the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found," meaning the requested document couldn't be located).

Idea Hamsters - people who always seem to have their idea
generators running.

Mouse Potato - the on-line generation's answer to the couch potato.

Ohnosecond - that minuscule fraction of time in which you realize you've just made a big mistake.

Prairie Dogging - something loud happens in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.

SITCOM - stands for Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage.

Stress Puppy - a person who thrives on being stressed-out and whiny.

Tourists - those who take training classes just to take a vacation from their jobs.

Uninstalled - euphemism for being fired.

Xerox Subsidy - euphemism for swiping free photocopies from the workplace.

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