4/04/2007

New Words, Old Words


Constantly evolving technology has spawned some new words in the workplace, which is also continually evolving. Or something like it.

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

2. SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

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

4. SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.

5. CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.

6. PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and peoples' heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.

7. MOUSE POTATO: The online, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.

8. 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.

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

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

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

12. IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The J‘Lo and Ben wedding (or not) was a prime example; Michael Jackson, another.

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

14. 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.

15. 404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error Message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be located.

16. GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.

17. OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. (Like after hitting send on an e-mail by mistake).

18. WOOFS: Well Off Older Folks.

19. CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.

Chinese proverbs, on the other hand, are very old words, but they are words that never lose their relevance. They, too, can evolve, however, and rearrange themselves to fit into more contemporary settings. And ... did you know that there are Chinese proverbs which are shining examples of the fabled double-entendre?

Virginity like bubble, one prick, all gone.

Man with hand in pocket feel cocky all day.

Foolish man give wife grand piano, wise man give wife upright organ.

Man who walk through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok.

Baseball is wrong: man with four balls cannot walk.

Panties not best thing on earth! But next to best thing on earth.

Wife who put husband in doghouse soon find him in cathouse.

Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.

It take many nails to build crib, but one screw to fill it.

Man who go to bed with sex problem, wake up with solution in hand.

9 comments:

Hale McKay said...

Only this morning this mouse potato had an ohnosecond and accidently did some crop dusting when realizing I should be dressed and off to work. This was followed by some percussive maintenace to speed up the PCs shut down process.

Serena Joy said...

LOL, Mike. I've had a few ohnoseconds and 404 moments myself today.:)

JL4 said...

Man who fart in church, sit in pew.

Serena Joy said...

Good one, JL4. {{applause}}

Hale McKay said...

Confucius also say:

All men eat, but Fu Manchu.

Man who read woman like a book, prefer Braille.

Man who put cream in tart, not always baker.

Man with athletic finger, make broad jump.

Passionate kiss like spider's web, soon lead to undoing of fly.

G-Man said...

Man who screws woman in Strawberry Patch, has...
Ass in jam!

Serena Joy said...

You two are baaaaaad. LOL!

Hale McKay said...

We're baaaaaad?

Now how did you find about that incident with the sheep?

Serena Joy said...

Sistah Superlative told me all about it.:)