Date: Sat, 12 Jul 1997 01:00:32 -0500
From: Greg Pulliam gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CHARLIE.IIT.EDU
Subject: lingo (fwd)
I know a lot of these have already made their way onto this list, but I
think there are enough new ones to warrant this unedited forward.
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Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 11:11:52 -0400
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From: pennyleb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ncsu.edu (Penny LeBourgeois)
You can't be cool if you're using outdated lingo. Here's the latest
corporate and Silicon Valley jungles.
"percussive maintenance" = the fine art of whacking a device to get it
"prairie dogging" = in companies where everyone has a cubicle --
something happens, and everyone pops up to look
"blowing your buffer" = losing your train of thought
"yuppie food stamps" = twenty dollar bills from an ATM
"ribs 'n' dick" = a budget with no fat, as in "we've got ribs 'n' dick and
we're supposed to find another $20,000 for memory upgrades"
"square headed girlfriend/or boyfriend = computer
"treeware" = manuals and documentation
"umfriend" = sexual relationship, as in "this is Dale, my...um...friend"
"batmobiling" = putting up emotional shields (from the retracting armor that
covers the batmobile, as in "she started talking marriage and he started
"beepilepsy" = afflicts those with vibrating pagers characterized by sudden
spasms, goofy facial expressions and loss of speech
"betamaxed" = when a technology is overtaken in the market by inferior but
better marketed competition, as in "Microsoft betamaxed Apple right out of
"cobweb" = a WWW site that never changes
"going postal" = totally stressed out and losing it like postal
go on shooting rampages
"high dome" = egghead, scientist, PhD
"elvis year" = the peak year of popularity, as in "1993 was Barney the
dinosaur's elvis year"
"generica" = fast food joints, strip malls, sub-divisions, as in "we
lost in generica that I couldn't remember what city it was"
"irritainment" = annoying but you can't stop watching, e.g. the O.J. trial
"meatspace" = the physical world (as opposed to the virtual), also
"carbon community", "facetime", "F2F", "RL"
"salmon day" = swimming upstream all day to get screwed in the end
"siliwood" also "hollywired" = the coming convergence of movies, interactive
TV and computers
"world wide wait" = WWW
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