404 - Someone who is clueless. From the Web error message, “404 Not Found,”
which means the document requested couldn’t be located. “Don’t bother asking
John. He’s 404.”
Adminisphere - The rarified organizational layers above the rank and file
that makes decisions that are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant.
Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an
office or work group. “I dunno, ask Rick. He’s our alpha geek.”
Assmosis - The process by which some people seem to absorb success and
advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
Batmobiling - putting up emotional shields. Refers to the retracting armor
that covers the Batmobile as in “she started talking marriage and he started
Beepilepsy - The brief siezure people sometimes suffer when their beepers
go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized by physical spasms, goofy
facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.
Betamaxed - When a technology is overtaken in the market by inferior but
better marketed competition as in “Microsoft betamaxed Apple right out of the
Blamestorming - A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a
project failed and who was responsible.
Blowing Your Buffer - Losing one’s train of thought. Occurs 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. “Damn, I just blew my
buffer!” (Synonym: “Head Crash”)
Body Nazis - Hard-core exercise and weight-lifting fanatics who look down
on anyone who doesn’t work out obsessively.
Bookmark - To take note of a person for future reference. “After seeing his
cool demo at Siggraph, I bookmarked him.”
Brain Fart - A byproduct of a bloated mind producing information
effortlessly; a burst of useful information. “I know you’re busy on the
Microsoft story, but can you give us a brain fart on the Mitnik bust?” Variation
of old hacker slang that had more negative connotations.
CGI Joe - A hard-core CGI script programmer with all the social skills and
charisma of a plastic action figure.
Chainsaw Consultant - An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee
head count, leaving the top brass with clean hands.
Chip Jewelry - Old computers destined to be scrapped or turned into
decoration. “I paid three grand for that Mac and now it’s nothing but chip
Chips and Salsa - Chips = hardware, salsa = software. “First we gotta
figure out if the problem’s in your chips or your salsa.”
CLM (Career Limiting Move)- Used by microserfs to describe an ill-advised
activity. “Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious
Cobweb - A WWW site that is never updated.
Crapplet - A badly written or profoundly useless Java applet. “I just
wasted 30 minutes downloading that crapplet!”
CROP DUSTING - Surreptitiously farting while passing thru a cube farm, then
enjoying the sounds of dismay and disgust; leads to PRAIRIE
Cube Farm - An office filled with
Dead Tree Edition - The paper version of a publication available in both
paper and electronic forms.
Dilberted - To be exploited and oppressed by your boss, as is Dilbert, the
comic strip character. “Damn, I’ve been dilberted again! The old man revised the
specs for the fourth time this week.”
Dorito Syndrome - The feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction triggered by
addictive substances that lack nutritional content. “I just spent six hours
surfing the Web, and now I’ve got a bad case of Dorito Syndrome.”
Egosurfing - Scanning the Net, databases, etc., for one’s own name.
Elvis Year - The peak year of popularity as in “1993 was Barney the
dinosaur’s Elvis year”
Flight Risk - Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to
leave a company or department soon.
Generica - Fast food joints, strip malls, sub-divisions as in “we were so
lost in generica that I couldn’t remember what city it was”
Glazing - Corporate-speak for sleeping with your eyes open; a popular
pastime at conferences and early-morning meetings. “Didn’t he notice that by the
second session half the room was glazing?”
Going Postal - Totally stressed out and losing it like postal employees who
went on shooting rampages
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
entrepreneurial firms trying to appear more professional 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 the
screen). “That CAD rendering put me in graybar land for like an hour.”
High Dome - Egghead, scientist, PhD
Idea Hamsters - People whose idea generators are always running.
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 old adage, “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” Used
sarcastically to describe an unpleasant problem you wish to gloss over.
Keyboard Plaque - The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on some
people’s computer keyboards.
Link Rot - The process by which web page’s links become obsolete as the
sites they’re connected to change or die.
Meatspace - The physical world (as opposed to the virtual) also “carbon
community” “facetime” “F2F” “RL”
Mouse Potato - The online generation’s answer to the couch potato.
Ohnosecond - That minuscule fraction of time during which you realize
you’ve just made a terrible error.
Open-Collar Workers - People who work at home or telecommute.
Percussive Maintenance - The fine art of whacking the crap out of an
electronic device to get it to work again.
Perot - To quit unexpectedly. “My cellular phone just perot’ed.”
Plug-and-Play - A new hire who doesn’t require training. “That new guy is
Prairie Dogging - When something loud happens in a cube farm, causing heads
to pop up over the walls trying to see what’s going on.
Ribs ‘N’ Dick - A budget with no fat as in “we’ve got ribs ‘n’ dick and
we’re supposed to find 20K for memory upgrades”
Salmon Day - The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream
only to get screwed in the end. “God, today was a total salmon day!”
Seagull Manager - A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits over
everything and then leaves.
Siliwood - The coming convergence of movies, interactive TV and computers;
SITCOMs - What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them
stops working to stay home with the kids. “Single Income, Two Children,
Square-Headed Spouse - Computer
Squirt the Bird - To transmit a signal up to a satellite. “Crew and talent
are ready...what time do we squirt the bird?”
Starter Marriage - A short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with
no kids, no property and no regrets.
Stress Puppy - A person who thrives on being stressed-out and whiny.
Swiped Out - An ATM or credit card that has been used so much its magnetic
strip is worn away.
Tourists - Those who take training classes just to take a vacation from
their jobs. “There were only three serious students in the class; the rest were
Treeware - Hacker slang for documentation or other printed material.
Umfriend - One with whom one has a sexual relationship; as in, “this is
Under Mouse Arrest - Getting busted for violating an online service’s rule
of conduct. “Sorry I couldn’t get back to you. AOL put me under mouse arrest.”
Uninstalled - Euphemism for being fired. Also: decruitment.
Vulcan Nerve Pinch - The taxing hand position required to reach all the
appropriate keys for certain commands. For instance, the warm re-boot for a Mac
II computer involves simultaneously pressing the Control key, the Command key,
the Return key and the Power On key.
WOOFYS - Well Off Older Folks.
World Wide Wait - The real meaning of WWW.
Xerox Subsidy - Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one’s
Yuppie Food Coupons - Twenty dollar bills from an ATM.
UPDATE: September 25, 2005 11:42 pm
Although this was originally sourced from an email (no author
mentioned), several readers have commented that much of this was
originally in Wired Magazine.
If someone would be so kind as to point me to a link, I could credit
them (I couldn't find any comprehensive post at Wired.com).
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