404 - Someone who is clueless. From the Web error message, 404
Not Found, which means the document requested couldnt
be located. Dont bother asking John. Hes 404.
Adminisphere - The rarified organizational layers above the rank and
file that makes decisions that are often profoundly inappropriate
Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person
in an office or work group. I dunno, ask Rick. Hes our
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
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 market
Blamestorming - A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a project
failed and who was responsible.
Blowing Your Buffer - Losing ones train of thought. Occurs when the
person you are speaking with wont 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 doesnt 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 youre 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 its nothing but chip
Chips and Salsa - Chips = hardware, salsa = software. First we gotta
figure out if the problems 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 CLM.
Cobweb - A WWW site that never changes.
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 DOGGING.....
- An office filled with cubicles.
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, Ive 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 Ive got a bad case of Dorito
Egosurfing - Scanning the Net, databases, etc., for ones own name.
Elvis Year - The peak year of popularity as in 1993 was Barney the
dinosaurs Elvis year
Flight Risk - Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning
to leave a company or department soon.
- Fast food joints, strip malls, sub-divisions as in we were so
lost in generica that I couldnt remember what city it was
Glazing - Corporate-speak for sleeping with your eyes open; a popular
pastime at conferences and early-morning meetings. Didnt 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
- 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 again.
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 youre staring at a computer
thats 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
Its a Feature - From the old adage, Its not a bug, its
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
peoples computer keyboards.
Link Rot - The process by which web pages links become obsolete
as the sites theyre connected to change or die.
Meatspace - The physical world (as opposed to the virtual) also carbon
community facetime F2F RL
Mouse Potato - The online generations answer to the couch potato.
- That minuscule fraction of time during which you realize youve
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 peroted.
Plug-and-Play - A new hire who doesnt require training. That
new guy is totally plug-and-play.
Prairie Dogging - When something loud happens in a cube farm, causing
heads to pop up over the walls trying to see whats going on.
Ribs N Dick - A budget with no fat as in weve
got ribs n dick and were supposed to find 20K for memory
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 just tourists.
Treeware - Hacker slang for documentation or other printed material.
Umfriend - One with whom one has a sexual relationship; as in, this
is Dale, my...um...friend.
Under Mouse Arrest - Getting busted for violating an online services
rule of conduct. Sorry I couldnt get back to you. AOL put
me under mouse arrest.
Uninstalled - Euphemism for being fired. Also: decruitment.
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.
Well Off Older Folks.
World Wide Wait - The real meaning of WWW.
- Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from ones workplace.
Yuppie Food Coupons - Twenty dollar bills from an ATM.
here to tell a friend about this site.