• Blamestorming: Sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
• 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.
• Meerkat 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
• Elvis Year: The peak year of something's or someone's popularity. ("Barney the Dinosaur's Elvis year was 1993.")
• Idea Hamsters: People who always seem to have their idea generators running.
• Mouse Potato: The online, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.
• Ohnosecond: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a big mistake.
• SITCOMs: What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids. Stands for Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage.
• Starter Marriage: A short-lived first marriage that ends in a divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.
• Stress Puppy: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
• 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.")
• Xerox Subsidy: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.
• Alpha Geek: The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an office or work group. ("Ask Tom, 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 mid-sentence.
• Depotphobia: Fear associated with entering a Home Depot because of how much money one might spend. (Electronics geeks experience Shackophobia.)
• Flight Risk: Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave a company or department soon.
• Irritainment: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying, but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime example.
• Percussive Maintenance: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
• Seagull Manager: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, sh-ts over everything and then leaves.
• 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 known as Decruitment.)