Friday, January 12, 2007

Buzzwords of 2006

The Most Fun Buzzwords of 2006 as selected by the readers of, home of The Buzzword Dictionary: 1,000 Phrases Translated From Pompous to English, (Marion Street Press $12.95).
"Not all buzzwords make you cringe. Some are delightfully colorful,funny and sum up life in today's workplace," says John Walston,author of The Buzzword Dictionary and creator of
"And given the way the world's been going lately, we definitely
need something to laugh about."
Here's a sampling of the list:

Blamestorming: A group process where participants analyze a
failed project and look for scapegoats other than themselves.

Death by Tweakage: When a product or project fails due to
unnecessary tinkering or too many last-minute revisions.

Clockroaches: Employees who spend most of their day watching
the clock -instead of doing their jobs

Plutoed: To be unceremoniously dumped or relegated to a lower
position without an adequate reason or explanation.
This was chosen as the Word of the Year for 2006 !

Prairie Dogging: A modern office phenomenon. Occurs when
workers simultaneously pop their heads up out of their cubicles
to see what's going on.

Carbon-based Error: Error caused by a human, not a computer
(which we assume would be a silicon-based error).

Adminisphere: The upper levels of management where big, impractical,
and counterproductive decisions are made.

Bobbleheading: The mass nod of agreement by participants in
a meeting to comments made by the boss even though most have no
idea what he/she just said.

Ringtone Rage: The violent response by cube mates after
hearing your annoying cell phone ring tone for the 15th time.

(H/T Roger B.)