Essential additions for the workplace vocabulary:
BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was
missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps
on everything, and then leaves.
ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and
advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than by working hard.
SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream
only to get screwed and die in the end.
CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.
PRAIRIE 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 going on.
MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch
STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and
IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but
you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The Anna Nicole show or
the Bachelor is a prime example.
PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an
electronic device to get it to work again.
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
404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message
"404 Not Found" (meaning that the requested document, like the person's brain,
could not be located.)
GENERICA: Features of the North American landscape that are exactly
the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls,
OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that
you've just made a BIG mistake.
WOOFYS: Well Off Older Folks.
CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously farting while passing through a cube
farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and disgust (leads to PRAIRIE