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Generation X Office Lingo

via my PB e-buddy with a sense of humor Kevin Ridley and
via my good programmer~friend Marcia Murphy and
via my former coworker, the hilarious Mr. Michael Campbell and
via my PFC-gifted TeamSybase friend, Mr. PBDJ himself, John Olson

Mouse Potato The online, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.
Blamestorming Sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed, or why a project failed, and who was responsible.
Dilberted To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. Derived from the experiences of Dilbert, the geek-in-h*ll comic strip character. "I've been dilberted again. The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week."
Body Nazis

Hard-core exercise and weight-lifting fanatics who look down on anyone who doesn't work out obsessively.

Cube Farm An office filled with cubicles.
Ego Surfing Scanning the Net, databases, print media and so on, looking for references to one's own name.
404 Someone who's clueless.   From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be located. "Don't bother asking him . . . he's 404, man."
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.
Keyboard Plaque  The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on computer keyboards.
Ohnosecond That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.
Perot To quit unexpectedly, as in "My cellular phone just perot'ed."
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.
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 divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.
Stress Puppy A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
Swiped Out An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.
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."
Treeware Hacker slang for documentation or other printed material.
Uninstalled Euphemism for being fired.
Xerox Subsidy Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.
Flight Risk Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave the company or department soon.
Seagull Manager A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, poops over everything and then leaves.
CLM (Career Limiting Move) Used among microserfs to describe ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.   (Also known as CLB - Career Limiting Behavior)
Salmon Day The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.
Chainsaw Consultant An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee head count, leaving the brass with clean hands.
Percussive Maintenance The fine art of whacking the cr*p 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 to solve.
A*smosis The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss. You will all be measured on this at some point in your career.




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