You've heard the recently coined slang phrase "Going Postal". Here are some
more examples, from the book "Jargon Watch", just published by Wired
(By the way, for the out of touch: 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
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."
Adminisphere - The rarified organizational layers beginning just above the
rank and file. Words that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly
inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.
Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an
office or work group. "Ask Larry, he's the alpha geek around here."
Assmosis - The process by which some people seem to absorb success and
advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
Beepilepsy - The brief seizure people sometimes have when their beeper goes
off (especially in vibrator mode), characterized by physical spasms, goofy
facial expressions, and interruption of speech in midsentence.
Blowing Your Buffer - Losing one's train of thought, like when the person
you are speaking with won't let you get a word in edgewise or has just said
something so astonishing that your train gets derailed.
Bookmark -To take note of a person, place, or thing for future reference.
Brain Fart - A blonde moment.
Career-Limiting Move (CLM) - Used among microserfs to describe an
ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot
is a serious CLM.
CGI Joe - A hard-core CGI script programmer with all the social skills and
charisma of a plastic action figure.
Chips and Salsa - Chips = hardware, salsa = software. "Well, first we gotta
figure out if the problem's in your chips or your salsa."
Cobweb Site - A Web Site that hasn't been updated for a long time.
Crapplet - A badly written or profoundly useless Java applet. "I just wasted
30 minutes downloading this stinkin' crapplet!"
Dancing Baloney - Little animated GIFs and other Web F/X that are useless
and serve simply to impress clients. "This page is kinda dull. Maybe a
little dancing baloney will help."
Dead Tree Edition - The paper version of a publication available in both
paper and electronic forms.
Depotphobia - Fear associated with entering a Home Depot because of how much
money one might spend. Electronics geeks experience Shackophobia.
Dilberted - To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. "I've been dilberted
again. The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week." also
known in western Washington State as "Spacelabbed" [?]
Dorito Syndrome - Feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction triggered by
living on junk food.
Egosurfing - Scanning the net, databases, print media, or research papers
looking for the mention of your name.
Elvis Year - The peak year of something's popularity. "Barney's Elvis year
Flight Risk - Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to
leave a company or department soon.
Generica - Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no
matter where one is. "We were so lost in generica, I actually forgot what
city we were in."
Glazing - Corporate-speak for sleeping with your eyes open - a popular
pastime at conferences and early-morning meetings.
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
Gray Matter -Older, experienced business people hired by young
entrpreneurial firms looking to appear more reputable and established.
Graybar Land - The place you go while you're staring at a computer that's
processing something very slowly (while you watch the gray bar creep across
Irritainment - Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying, but you
find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime
It's a Feature - From the 'Mr. Bill' adage "It's not a bug, it's a feature."
Keyboard Plaque - The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on computer
Link Rot - The process by which links on a web page became as obsolete as
the sites they're connected to change location or die.
Midair Passenger Exchange - Grim air-traffic-controller-speak for a head-on
collision. Midair passenger exchanges are quickly followed by "aluminum
Nyetscape - Nickname for AOL's less-than-full-featured Web browser.
Ohnosecond - That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that
you've just made a BIG mistake. Seen in Elizabeth P. Crowe's book The
Open-Collar Workers - People who work at home or telecommute.
PEBCAK - Tech support shorthand for "Problem Exists Between Chair and
Keyboard." (Techies are a frustrated, often arrogant lot. They've submitted
numerous acronyms and terms that poke fun at the clueless users who call
them up with frighteningly stupid questions. Another variation on the above
is ID10T, as in "This guy has an ID-Ten-T on his system.")
Percussive Maintenance - The fine art of whacking the heck out of an
electronic device to get it to work again.
Plug-and-Play - A new hire who doesn't need any training. "The new guy,
John, is great. He's totally plug-and-play."
Prairie Dogging - When someone yells or drops something loudly in a "cube
farm" (an office full of cubicles) and everyone's head pops up over the
walls to see what's going on.
Salmon Day -The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only
to get screwed in the end.
Seagull Manager - A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits over
everything and then leaves.
Square-headed Girlfriend - Another word for a computer. The victim of a
square-headed girlfriend is a "computer widow."
Telephone Number Salary - A salary (or project budget) that has seven
Tourists - People who take training classes just to get a vacation from
their jobs. "We had about three serious students in the class; the rest were
Umfriend - A relationship of dubious standing. "This is Hank,
Under Mouse Arrest - Getting busted for violating an online service's rule
Uninstalled - Euphemism for being fired. Heard on the voicemail 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." Also called Decruitment. Used sarcastically to describe an
unpleasant experience that you wish to gloss over.
Vulcan Nerve Pinch - The taxing hand position required to reach all of the
appropriate keys for certain commands. For instance, the warm boot for a Mac
II involves simultaneously pressing the Control key, the Command key, the
Return key and the Power On key.
World Wide Wait: WWW.
Yuppie Food Stamps - The ubiquitous $20 bills spewed out of ATMs everywhere.
Often used when trying to split the bill after a meal: "We all owe $8 each,
but all anybody's got is yuppie food stamps." Also called "Yuppie Bucks."
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