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Jennifer Sohl
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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.
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 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 heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.
MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.
SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay
at home with the kids.
STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiney.
SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.
IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime
PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the s*** out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message "404" File Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be
GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions.
OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.
WOFFYs: Well Off Older Folks.
Jason Menard

Joined: Nov 09, 2000
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Heh. I am particularly partial to BLAMESTORMING and the SEAGULL MANAGER.
Shura Balaganov
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Joined: Apr 22, 2002
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There's also ORAL-ANAL-WOW-FACTOR (it is when you look at something on TV and say "WOW, I want that!"), but I am afraid I'd have to go deep into philosophy and maybe even quote some Che Guevara (kidding ) to explain that. To curious enough: read Pelevin's "Generation P" in English or Russian. Here's a link to Russian Absurdism books, but be warned, it might be too out there for some. :roll:
[ July 02, 2002: Message edited by: Shura Balaganov ]

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Dave Vick
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Joined: May 10, 2001
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Good ones Jennifer
I like the:
OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.
As I'e experienced it fairly frequently. Like the time I making some changes to a database to get it ready for a presentation I had in 5 minutes time and then forgot the WHERE clause in my SQL DELETE FROM statement.
How do you use the 404 one? Just call someone a 404?
We dont have praire dogging here either, the walls are 6' on the cubes so it looks more like one of the whack-a-mole games where heads keep popping up and then going back down randomly.
Tony Alicea

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 3226
Good ones!
David O'Meara

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

Definitely a STRESS PUPPY :roll:
We sometimes refer to 404 as "Person not Found"
as in:
Person One: Where's Bob?
Person Two: 404 (ie no idea, not found)

Yep, we're a wacky bunch in these parts.
(also see 300/301/302 - He's over there, 403 - I'm not telling, 400 - Who? Huh? Wah?)
I agree. Here's the link:
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