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“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”
- Albert Einstein

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PostHeaderIcon New words for 2002!

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.

SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to

get screwed and die in the end.

OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you’ve

just made a BIG mistake

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.

404: Someone who’s clueless. From the World Wide Web error message “404 Not

Found,” meaning that the requested document could not be located.”

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 potato.

SITCOMs: (Single Income, Two (or Three) Children, Oppressive Mortgage) What

yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay

home with the kids.

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.

ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and

advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

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 example.

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the heck out of an electronic

device to get it to work again.

VULCAN NERVE PINCH: The taxing hand position required to reach all the

appropriate keys for certain commands. For instance, the arm reboot for a Mac

II computer involves simultaneously pressing the Control Key, the Command Key,

the Return Key, and the Power On key.

YUPPIE FOOD STAMPS: The ubiquitous $20 bills spewed out of ATMs everywhere.

Often used when trying to split the bill after a meal, “We each owe $8, but all

anybody’s got are yuppie food stamps.”

GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no

matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions.

WOOFYS: Well Off Older Folk

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