90's Office Lingo
Here are the latest terms to add to your vocabulary in the
late '90's office environment.
Assmosis - The process by which some people seem to absorb
success and advancement by kissing up to the boss.
Blamestorming - Sitting around in a group discussing why a
deadline was missed or a project failed and who was
Seagull Manager - A manager who flies in, makes a lot of
noise, craps all over everything and then leaves.
Salmon Day - The experience of spending an entire day
swimming up stream 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.
CLM - Career Limiting Move - Used by microserfs to describe
an ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she
is within earshot is a serious CLM.
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.
Dilberted - To be exploited and oppressed by your boss.
Derived from the experiences of Dilbert, the geek-in-hell
comic strip character. "I've been Dilberted again. The old
man revised the specs for the fourth time this week."
Flight Risk - Used to describe employees who are suspected
of planning to leave the company or department soon.
404 - Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error
message "404 Not Found", meaning that the requested
documentation could not be located. "Don't bother asking
him...he's 404, man."
Generica - Features of the American landscape that are
exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food
joints, strip malls and subdivisions, as in "We were so lost
in generica, I forgot what city we were in."
Ohnosecond - That minuscule fraction of time in which you
realize that you've made a BIG mistake.
Percussive Maintenance - The fine art of whacking the crap
out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
Umfriend - A sexual relation of dubious standing or a
concealed intimate relationship, as in "This is Sue, my ...
um ... friend."