Words and Jargons in use
I. Useful words
To indicate more information
• Besides - Making an additional point; anyway
• In addition
• Indeed – In truth
• In fact
• As well
• Foremost - Ranking above all others; Preceding all others in spatial
• First, Second, Third, Finally
• Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly
To indicate an example
• For example
• For instance
• In particular
• Particularly - Specifically or especially distinguished from others
• To illustrate
• To demonstrate
To indicate a cause or reason
• Because of
• Due to
• For the reason that
• Inasmuch as - Since
• Whereby - As a result of which, By which, "the means whereby we
achieved our goal"
To indicate a result or an effect
• Accordingly - because of the reason given
• Thusly - In the way indicated
• Thence - From that fact or reason or as a result
• Therefrom - From that circumstance or source
• Thereof - Of or concerning this or that, From that circumstance or
• Corollary - A practical consequence that follows naturally, "blind
jealousy is a frequent corollary of passionate love"
• For the aforementioned reasons
• For the aforementioned reasons, there is no doubt that
• To sum up the foregoing,
• Given these facts
• In conclusion
• In closing
• To conclude
To express an opinion
• In all due fairness
• With good judgment, (one/we may)
To describe or make
• paint a portrait
• limn - Trace the shape of, make a portrait of
• constitute - Form or compose
• embodied - (adj) Expressed by
• embody - (v) Represent or express in tangible form
• manifest - Provide evidence for; stand as proof of
• attest - Provide evidence for
• testify - Provide evidence for
• certify - Provide evidence for
• endorse, indorse - Give support or one's approval to
• shew - Establish the validity of something, as by an example,
explanation or experiment
• instance - (v) Clarify by giving an example of
• exemplify - (v) Clarify by giving an example of
To compare or contrast
• In comparison
• In contrast
• On the other hand
• Withal - Despite anything to the contrary (usually following a
• Withal - Together with this
• Nevertheless - Despite anything to the contrary
• Nonetheless - Despite anything to the contrary
• Notwithstanding - Despite anything to the contrary
• Even so - Despite anything to the contrary
• All the same - Despite anything to the contrary
To indicate time
• First, Second, etc.
• Subsequent - Following in time and order
• Hitherto, Heretofore - Used in negative statement to describe a
situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time, “The sun hasn’t
• In due time
To indicate certainty
• Without doubt
• Needless to say
To indicate doubt
• Most likely
• More likely
• Dubitable - Open to doubt or suspicion
• Dubious - Distressed with uncertainty or doubt
• To summarize
• In summary
• To sum up
• In brief
• Summing up
• To put it briefly
• précis - A sketchy summary, Make a summary (of)
• synopsis - A sketchy summary
• apercu - A short synopsis
To provide a condition
• provision, proviso - A stipulated condition
• stipulate - Specify as a condition or requirement in a contract
To express positive words
• grandeur - The quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand, the
quality of being exalted in character or ideals or conduct
• magnanimous - The quality of being exalted in character or ideals or
• avid - Emotionally desirable
• avid ambition to succeed
• glorious - Bringing great happiness and thankfulness
• illustrious - Widely known and esteemed
• notable - Worthy of notice
• splendiferous - Having great beauty and splendor
• resplendent - Having great beauty and splendor, Richly and brilliantly
• flamboyant - Elaborately or excessively ornamented, Richly and
• redoubtable - Having or worthy of pride
• formidable - Extremely impressive in strength or excellence
• wondrous - Extraordinarily good
• sublime - Inspiring awe, Lifted up or set high
• flair - natural talent
• knack - A special way of doing something
• outshine - Attract more attention and praise than others
• paramount - Having superior power and influence
To show intelligence
• shrewd – hardheaded (practical experience and observation)
• acumen - Shrewdness shown by keen insight
• savvy - The cognitive condition of someone who understands
• cognition - The psychological result of perception, learning and
• Einstein - Someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and
• work of art
• fine art
• maven - Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
• mavin - Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
• adept - Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
• whiz - Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
• wizard - Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
• toppingly - extremely well
• utterly - Completely and without qualification; used informally as
intensifiers, With sublimity; in a sublime manner
• sheer - (adj.) Complete and without restriction or qualification;
sometimes used informally as an intensifier; (adv.) Directly "he fell sheer into the
• enounced, enunciated - Speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
• pronounced - Speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
• articulated - Express or state clearly
• vocalized - Express or state clearly
• posited - Put firmly
• alleged - Declared but not proved
• averred - Report or maintain, To declare or affirm in a grave manner
and formally as true
• affirmed, asserted
• indited - Produce a literary work
• penned - Produce a literary work
• spelt - Indicate or signify
• voiced, sounded - Give voice to
• demean - Reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
• denoted - Be a sign or indication of, "Her smile denoted that she
• myriad (noun and adj.)
• extol - (v) Praise, glorify, or honor
• evoke - Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
• arouse - Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
• elicit - Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
• enkindle - Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
• provoke - Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
• inflame - Arouse or excite feelings and passions
• awake - Stop sleeping
• conjure - Evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic
• invoke - Evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic
• summon - Gather or bring together
• instill - deposit gradually
II. Management Jargons
Capable of being acted on or completed in the near future. "Which items on our list
are actionable in the next quarter?" I recommend showering after using this one.
Note: "actionable" has a long-standing legal meaning different from the above.
at the end of the day
Based on the frequency with which they use the phrase, it would seem that
members of senior management are required by law to begin every third sentence
with "at the end of the day," a phrase similar in meaning to "when all is said and
done." For instance, your favorite CEO might say, "At the end of the day, it's our
people that make the difference." Insert platitude here.
Plan your work well lest ye run out of "bandwidth," or physical, mental or emotional
capacity. Spake our friend Frank B. Kern, Internet Guru, "....I just don't have the
bandwidth to handle this at the minute," meaning "I don't have the manpower or
ability to handle this at the minute."
best of breed (n. and adj.)
The finest specimen or example to be found in a particular industry or market. Like
Papillons preening for the judges, companies position themselves as best-of-breed.
In truth, however, few ever make it through the qualifiers.
best practices (n.)
Another widely used term promulgated by the arch-demons of business -
management consultants - "best practices" is used to describe the "best" techniques
or methods in use in a company, field, or industry. Unfortunately, companies often
confuse latest or trendiest with best, and the best practices of one era are soon
superseded by the ever-more-ludicrous fads of the next.
boil the ocean (v. phrase)
Clearly the least efficient way to produce a pile of salt. If a member of the corporate
pantheon suggests you are trying to "boil the ocean," he or she thinks you are doing
something incredibly inefficiently. It's time to prepare your resume, Einstein.
bring to the table (v. phrase)
Refers to what one offers or provides, especially in negotiations. Personally, I bring a
business model (n.)
An amorphous term having to do with identifying the specific ways in which a
business creates value, or simply put, how it sells stuff for more than it costs. I'll
show you my business plan if you show me yours.
A cute way of saying "agreement" or "consent." If you hope to get anything done in
today's corporation, you'll need management buy-in.
centers of excellence
Certainly beats centers of failure. Most companies have a nice set of both.
circle back around (v.)
A very roundabout (pardon the pun) way of saying "Let's regroup later to discuss."
circle with (v.)
Like its cousin "circle back around," it means "to meet and/or discuss with." Usage
example: "Why don't you circle with Robert tomorrow to discuss the Ebbers case?" I
can't help but envision two well-dressed exec types holding hands and madly
circling around to the delight of everyone in their cubicle farm.
Those modest, hardworking souls at the top of your org chart: CEO, COO, CFO, CIO,
CPO, CTO, Chief Dog Walker, etc.
close the loop (v. phrase)
To follow up on and/or close out an area of discussion. Closely related to "circle
back around" and "loop in."
commoditize (v.); commoditized (adj.)
A great fear and apprehension in business is having your product or service become
"commoditized," or turned into Just Another Mediocre Piece of Junk (JAMPoJ to
those in the know), completely undifferentiated from its peers.
Nigh unpronounceable, this gremlin means "to turn into a component." For what
purpose will forever remain a mystery.
core competencies (n.)
Simply put, it means "what the company does best." When a company focuses on its
core competencies, it gets back to basics. I recommend leveraging these.
critical path (n.)
A sequence of events where a slip in any one activity generates a slip in the overall
schedule. Used extensively in the exciting world of project management. Not to be
confused with "criminal path," which is a sequence of events that leads to jail, a la
Andy Fastow of Enron fame.
A reference to computer processing cycles, this one can be used interchangeably
with bandwidth. Either way, it's a bad idea comparing yourself or another humanoid
to an indefatigable machine. You'll lose.
Denoting project output or assignments, "deliverables" are often "tasked" (see
below), but seldom completed.
Please see "scope" on page 2.
Despite the obvious reference to a telephone, this one means to "include." For
example, "We need to dial-in the materials list."
It's true that Shakespeare used "dialogue" as a verb ("Dost Dialogue with thy
shadow?"). But I've got news for ya, buddy: You ain't no Shakespeare. Resist the
temptation to use this utterly superfluous verb as a substitute for "talk" or "speak."
Usage example: “Let’s dialogue telephonically via land line," meaning "call me at the
In the bleak days before the arrival of our savior, the Web, Big Tony used to claim
that he had "eliminated the middleman to bring direct savings to you." Big Tony
used a shotgun to eliminate ("disintermediate") intermediaries in the supply chain;
today's companies use the Internet.
This mouthful began life in the exciting field of linguistics only to be co-opted by the
high-tech business set. It means to settle on a single interpretation or meaning for a
piece of data, or to bring meaning and order to ambiguity. Much like this Web site.
The third member of the incent-incentivize-disincent axis of evil.
To get down to the details. One starts at a "high-level" and "drills down" to the
boring details - where exectutives fear to tread.
drinking the kool-aid (v. phrase)
A rather tasteless reference to the Jonestown massacre of 1978, "drink the kool-aid"
means to accept something fully and (oftentimes) blindly.
If you think this one has something to do with the people who drive trucks, you're
wrong (but I still like you). It refers to the factors or agents that move something
forward: "What are the key drivers of organizational change?"
eat(ing) your own dog food (v. phrase) NEW!
When your company starts using its own products internally and suddenly realizes
why the rest of the world hates them so much.
ecosystem (n.) NEW!
Companies now longer participate in industries; they inhabit vast ecosystems
comprised of consumers, partners, innocent bystanders, and, increasingly,
competitors. The idea is to be at the center of your ecosystem, so integral to its
operations that the actions of all other participants seem to benefit you as much as
them (also see Network Effects). But remember to look out for lions.
elevator story (n.)
A pitch to a corporate executive, or bored janitor, as the elevator goes from floors 1-
10 and you have a captive audience. Also the name of an upcoming Tom Hanks
Like your dysfunctional family, business is full of enablers - things that enable
something else, often of a self-destructive nature. For instance, were you aware that
"Total Facilities Management is a Core Business Enabler"? Weird, I wasn't either.
Seemingly naughty, this one means "complete, from the front-end (the end that
faces the customer) to the back-end (your back office, which no one sees)." Try to
avoid this one in mixed company.
A foreign concept to many of us in the Internet world, "facetime"refers to time spent
speaking face to face, especially to senior management. For example, “I need to
arrange some facetime with you next week.”
feature/scope creep (n.) AWESOME!
The temptation to add more and more features to a product release until it becomes
a confused mass of incongruous elements, twisted and evil.
Simply meaning "functions" or "features," this one has gained widespread currency.
gain traction (v.)
To gain momentum or acceptance. "Cisco's new routers are gaining traction in the
going forward (adv.)
Meaning "in the future" or "from now on." For instance: "Going forward, we see our
gross margins increasing as our new high-margin products gain traction."
granular (adj.); granularity (n.)
Getting down to the fine details, the nitty-gritty. Busy people might stop you mid-
sentence if you get too granular. Like sand through an hourglass, these are the days
of our lives.
go-live (adj. and v.)
A new product or system becomes available to the public on its "go-live" date.
Presumably, the same product or system will "go-dead" soon thereafter.
heads-up (n. sorta)
"This is a heads-up" is a very American way of saying, "I'm telling you this now
because xyz item is hurdling in your direction and you're going to need to do
something or get out of the way." It's simultaneously a notice and a warning.
helicopter view (n.)
See "at 30,000 feet".
Senior executives, far-sighted individual with godlike abilities to see the big picture,
want anything brought to their attention to be "high-level", that is, neatly
summarized and dumbed down so they can understand all the techno mumbo
incent (v. tr.)
A transitive verb meaning "encourage" or "influence": "The program was set up to
incent users to spend more." Also the leading member of the incent-incentivize-
disincent axis of evil.
incentivize (v. tr)
The second member of the incent-incentivize-disincent axis of evil.
The unholy offspring of "instant" and "substantiate," "instantiate" means to verify or
document an instance of a particular behavior or issue.
To surpass your competition, usually by engaging in one gigantic, hopelessly
ambitious leap of faith that is almost sure to end in ruin and despair. Bring a
parachute, golden or other.
Word favored by consultant-types meaning "something learned." Apparently,
"lesson" wouldn't do despite 500 years of continuous use in the English language.
leverage (v. tr)
The grandpappy of nouns turned verbs, "leverage" is used indiscriminately to
describe how a resource can be applied to a particular environment or situation.
"We intend to leverage our investment in IT infrastructure across our business units
to drive profits."
level set (v.)
To get everyone on the same page, singing from the same choir sheet, etc. Why
neither of these tired, but well-understood perennials is good enough is beyond me.
I guess "level set" just has that I-am-slightly-smarter-than-you-all ring to it.
long-pole item (n.)
Those of you who enjoy the occasional camping trip may recognize the provenance
of this one: The long pole holds up the center of the tent and is therefore the most
essential structural item. Likewise, a "long-pole item" is the most essential element
of a system or plan, upon which all other elements depend. A linchpin, as it were.
loop in (v.); keep in the loop (v. phrase)
Used by loopy people who mean to say, "to keep apprised."
low-hanging fruit (n.)
The easy pickings, the obvious steps that an organization should take to improve its
performance or take advantage of new opportunities.
Sorta like "marketshare," but without the revenue and sounding a whole lot
creepier. Don't use this one around Vulcans.
Meaning "critical to the functioning or success of a business or project," this one is
generally used in reference in insanely expensive computer hardware that should be
bulletproof, but, alas, is not.
To turn into a training module. Say, you start off with a simple piece of information
that anyone with a 6th grade education and a quartet of functioning brain cells
would instantly grasp. To justify your position as a highly paid corporate trainer,
you might try to veil this information in a cloak of incomprehensibility, rendering
the straightforward a smelly pile of jargonous bile. Indeed, the information has been
The noble mission of Web slingers everywhere: figuring out how to make money off
each page view, visitor (eyeballs), or anything else. If you work at an Internet
company, you've used this term... don't lie. Hell, even I've used this term.
next steps (n.)
"Next steps" are the tasks delegated to attendees at the close of a meeting. Next
steps often result in deliverables. I believe "next steps" and "action items" are
synonymous. Do humanity a favor and avoid both.
The end result, the bottom line, etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseam. "Net-net, we're still
network effects (n.)
A wonderfully prosaic term from economics describing how some products or
services become more useful as the number of users rises. Online auctions (eBay),
operating systems (Windows), and social networks (Facebook) are three oft-used
"Let's discuss this offline." Euphemism frequently uttered in long office meetings
meaning: "Let's discuss this later in private because you're way off topic again,
A horribly polysyllabic way of saying "carry out" or (gasp) "do." Oh, the humanity!
out of pocket (adj.)
Out of touch or out of the office for a few days.
paradigm [shift] (n.)
Paradigm is an extra fancy word for "model." A paradigm shift means moving from
one model to a new one, generally in a grand, expensive, and ultimately disastrous
manner. If I had a pair of dimes for every time I've heard this one...
peel the onion (v. phrase)
To conduct a layer-by-layer analysis of a complex problem and in the process,
reduce yourself to tears.
performance management (n.)
A euphemistic way of saying to micro-manage, berate, motivate, psychologically
manipulate, threaten, and then fire someone.
A "repurposed" UNIX command meaning to send a message to another computer
and wait for acknowledgment, ping means to follow up with someone via email on
an urgent, but arcane matter and wait interminably for a reply. "I'll ping Henry on
the Ewok matter."
The modern-day antonym of "reactive." Rumor has it that this gem was created in
the 1970s out of the parts of lesser words.
An fugly word meaning "turn into a product." Why should software vendors offer
free technical support when desperate users will pay $3 a minute for help?
If your people are too daft to do something correctly, maybe you should look to
software programs to automate the task. If you follow this approach, you are
completing the task "programmatically." Ugh.
If you have a lot of sound, logical ideas, you're bound to run into a lot of resistance in
today's surreal corporations. This resistance, often polite but always absurd, is
euphemistically called "pushback." Try not to take it personally: you're dealing with
quick win (n.)
Everyone in business is always looking for "quick wins," small steps or initiatives
that will produce immediate, positive results.
ramp up (v.); ramp-up ( n.)
To increase over time. "We intend to ramp up production in anticipation of holiday
demand." Just try not to cramp up.
reach out (v.)
To call or email. For this one, we can blame those old AT&T ads that encouraged
folks to "reach out and touch someone." Obviously, you can't actually reach out and
TOUCH anyone due to your company's stringent sexual-harrassent policy. But you
can "reach out" (but, again, no touching) to a co-worker for information, support, or
to start one of those crucial conversations. But keep any interaction to a phone call
or email just to be on the safe side.
Everyone probably has an intuitive understanding of what is meant by "real-time,"
but that hasn't stopped many companies and consultants from using the term to
describe a quixotic concept whereby a company's data is always up-to-date and
available to whomever needs it, whenever they need it.
To take a process or system designed for one task and use it for another -- usually in
way unforeseen by its creators. In the fast-moving Internet economy, repurposing
has become a viable substitute for true innovation.
Typically used in reference to software, this classic means "not buggy and not a huge
waste of resources." Or more precisely, something that works well even under
roll out (v.); roll-out (n.)
Companies are constantly introducing new products and services that you don't
want or need. The elaborate process of introducing something new is a "roll-out."
The verb form is used thusly: "We rolled this piece of crap out to the curbside."
rough order of magnitude (n.)
Fancy way of saying "to make a wild (ass) guess."
Describes how flexible a system is in response to increases in scale (number of
users, hits, etc.). It might also have something to do with mountain climbing.
To set the scope of a product, i.e. to determine what "functionality" will be included.
After products are "scoped," they are invariably "descoped" as reality reasserts
The holy grail with ERP and other complex systems is to produce a "seamless end-
to-end solution." The seams are the bottomless pits of hell into which your data falls
when transferred from one end of the solution to the other. See also the entries for
"end-to-end" and "solution."
A meeting where big-shot execs ignore the normal corporate hierarchy, jump down
a level or two, and slum it with the plebs.
To share a document or plan within an organization, in the vain hope of getting
actionable feedback from your "peers." Also, the act of taking Fido to the park to get
him used to other dogs.
Companies no longer sell products or services; they sell "solutions," which are
products or services, but more expensive.
soup to nuts (adj.)
To build every aspect of something from beginning to end. An integrated approach.
Oh, the hubris of it all.
The final frontier? Are you daft? No, just the niche or market segment your company
currently inhabits or hopes to enter. Or, as your CEO might put it, "How can we
leverage our core competencies to enter the web-services space?"
special sauce / secret sauce (n.)
We can thank McDonald's for this one. It's used to refer to anything proprietary.
While many of our more jargon-illiterate readers might envision submarines upon
first hearing this word, it is used by management professionals as a synonym of
"raise," as in "raise concerns." For instance: "I think we need to surface those issues
before the product is launched."
synergy (n.); synergize (v.)
The (often illusory) value gained by combining two or more companies or divisions.
Also known as "economies of scope" and "corporate merger BS."
The essential points of a presentation, activity, etc. that the author hopes you will
"take away." Also has something to do with food in the Queen's English.
take to the next level (v. phrase)
I used to know a guy with a Level 20 Wizard. But seriously, this means to move a
product, service, or organization from its current level of dysfunction to the next
level of dysfunction.
task (v. tr.)
Yet another noun turned verb, this one means "to assign." Now go task someone
with some deliverables.
30,000 feet, at
A high-level view or explanation. Please keep in mind that oxygen is in short supply
at this altitude, so you may experience lightheadedness.
touch base (v.)
A naughty sounding gem, "to touch base" is simply a request to meet again to
discuss the current status of a project or task. "Rebecca, I would like to touch base
with you later to discuss the Smith account." You gotta think this one leads to a lot of
tps reports (n.)
Click here for a thorough explanation of TPS Reports.
Something you should be trying to gain right now. See "Gain Traction"
turnkey solution (n.)
Wouldn't it be great if you could buy a complex system or piece of software, plug it
in, flip a switch and be off and running? Oh poor Odysseus, you have once again been
beguiled by the IT sirens' song. Keep dreaming.
What's the point? No, really, that's what it means.
value chain (n.)
As I find it impossible to define "value chain" without sullying myself with the very
thing that I abhor most (jargon, for those of you keeping score), I've chosen to
"borrow" from another site a definition so preposterous that I just had to include it:
"a business methodology that helps companies manage marketplace variability and
complexity, and align company strategies with execution processes." Thanks for
value proposition (n.)
The unique set of benefits that you offer to customers to sucker them into buying
your product or service. Sometimes shortened to "value prop," as in "What's your
value prop?" Word.
wet signature (n.)
I'm not sure I want to touch this one, but apparently this means a human signature,
as opposed to an electronic one. I mean, do you plebs still sign stuff?
You, me, your grandma, everyone (assuming you're a carbon-based life form). That
is, a human-based solution, as opposed to a hardware, or silicon-based, solution.
It's a win for us; it's a win for them. Everyone's happy and drinking the Kool-Aid.
Means you're best in class, a benchmark. If your product, service or solution ain't
world-class, you might as well close up shop and go home. Luckily, everything at
your corporation is either world-class now, or will be by next quarter. Or at least
that's what management's been telling everyone.
III- Exhaustive list of Management Jargons
Above-board [adj.] Honest and open. "I don't think
you're being totally above-board
Acluistic [adj.] The state of being completely
'without a clue.'
Across the piece [exp.] Affecting an entire project or
organization. "We're aiming for
improvements in efficiency across
Submitted by Clive N.
Action [v.] To undertake a given task; to put
into practice. "Don't bother me while
I'm actioning my deliverables."
Submitted by Ryan.
Action item [n.] A short term goal that requires a
measure of work to complete.
Basically a dynamic, proactive
version of the things scribbled on
your 'to do' list.
Actionable [adj.] Originally a legal word referring to
anything that affords grounds for a
lawsuit. Business people have
perverted it to mean anything on
which an action can be taken.
Address [v.] Used as a replacement for 'do',
'tackle', or 'complete', this word
nicely avoids making a commitment
to which the speaker can be held
accountable. "I will address all of
your concerns in the upcoming
Submitted by Russel H.
Adhocracy [n.] A minimally structured business
where teams are formed as they are
needed to address specific problems.
Administrivia [n.] A term that encompasses all the
trivial tasks that management is far
too qualified to suffer through.
Adoption process [n.] The customer's steps along the path
from cautious cynic to submissive
consumer of your product.
Agreeance [n.] A fancier way of saying agreement.
"Are we in agreeance?"
Air it out [v.] To discuss an issue openly. "I heard
you had a problem with some of our
business practices. Let's get your
team together and air it out this
Al Desco [adj.] Describes any meal eaten at your
desk (you have our sympathies if it's
dinner). "I slept in so I'm having
breakfast Al Desco."
ALAP [adj.] As Late As Possible. Describes
meeting a deadline at the last
possible moment in order to avoid
receiving additional work. "I finished
it last week, but I'm going to submit
Submitted by JC.
All-hands meeting [n.] A mandatory meeting for all
employees. "Bob called an all-hands
meeting this afternoon. It's never a
good sign when he's willing to freeze
the whole department for an hour."
Let the navy keep the nautical slang.
Alpha geek [n.] The head of your company's IT
Alpha pup [n.] Trendsetting young people.
Important targets for marketing to
this age group. "Let's get six alpha
pups in here for a focus group."
Amped [adj.] Having a large amount of excitement
and energy. "I'm so amped about this
new product line."
Anacronym [n.] An acronym that is so old, no one
remembers the original phrase.
Examples include RADAR, ASCII, and
Anecgloat [n.] A story of one's exploits that is
intended to impress. May be partly
Anointed [n.] An employee that can't seem to do
anything wrong in the eyes of
Anonymize [v.] To make anonymous.
Anticipointment [n.] The feeling that something didn't
live up to its hype.
Apple polish [v.] To suck-up, flatter.
Armchair general [n.] Someone who speaks critically, but
has no experience in the field in
Arrows to fire [exp.] Points to use in an argument. "Now if
you don't have anymore arrows to
fire, I think we're finished here."
Assignment capsule [n.] A clearly defined job description or
task. "Stop arguing about objectives
and start handing out assignment
Assmosis [v.] The apparent absorption of success
that comes from sucking up.
At this juncture [exp.] Now. "We're not prepared to go
public at this juncture."
Availability [n.] A convenient way of separating the
individual from the ability to manage
her own time. "I'd love to come, but
I'm not sure about my availability,
Submitted by Sam K.
B-school [n.] Business school. "We were tight back
Back door [adj.] Unethical or dishonest.
Back-of-the- Has been heard describing anything
envelope [adj.] completed in a quick, casual manner,
although it most often references the
informal calculations made by
engineering and finance types.
Bad paper [n.] A payment made in worthless
currency (cash or cheque).
Bag of snakes [n.] A business situation with many
Bait and switch [v.] To advertise low priced items that
aren't actually available.
Baked-in [adj.] Included. "Those options are already
baked in with this model."
Ballpark [v.] To make an estimate. "Can you
ballpark the cost per unit for me?"
Thanks to Alden C. for the correction.
Band-aid [v.] To apply a trivial solution to a
problem. "We'll band-aid the
situation for now."
Bandwidth [n.] The physical and mental limit of
your working ability. "I don't have
the bandwidth for another project
right now." Let the techies keep this
Bang for the buck [n.] The return on invested money.
Bangalored [v.] Having been fired after your position
was transferred to India. "Last
month they bangalored our entire
tech support department."
Bankroll [v.] To finance. "We can't afford to
bankroll another research project in
Banner year [n.] The best year in history for a given
firm. Most likely, you're not having
one of these.
Barnburner [n.] An exciting situation.
Base-tending [v.] To guard one's assets.
Bat a thousand [exp.] A baseball term meaning a 100%
Batting average [n.] Indicates the percentage of time that
someone or something is successful.
"We need to bring up our batting
average in the overseas market."
Battle rhythm [n.] A logistical plan. "We're not leaving
that conference room until we
establish a battle rhythm for this
Submitted by Dan.
Bean-counter [n.] A derogatory term for an accountant.
"The bean-counters are coming in
for another audit next week."
Beat the bushes [v.] Marketing to unconventional or
Beauty contest [n.] A competitive pitching situation.
"Bring in the next firm; I want to
wrap up this beauty contest before
my 4 o'clock tee off."
Submitted by Crazy Renee.
Beef up [v.] To make stronger.
Behind the eight In a difficult position.
Bell [n.] A phone call. "Give us a bell before
you leave work today."
Submitted by Vicki D.
Bell ringer [n.] A door to door salesman.
Belts and Proceeding with an overabundance
suspenders [exp.] of caution. "Make sure we're belts
and suspenders before those quotes
Submitted by Crazy Renee.
Best in breed [adj.] Alleged or perceived superior
quality among similar products
offered by competing companies.
Generally used as an excuse to
explain a noticeable price difference.
“We’ve always specialized in
bringing products to the market that
are best in breed.”
Best practices [n.] Procedures and policies that have
shown to be the most effective.
Betamaxed [adj.] When a product has been overtaken
by an inferior, but well marketed
Big enchilada [n.] An important person within an
Big learn [n.] The process of gaining skills that are
difficult to master. "We know things
didn't go very well, but you have to
remember that it's been a big learn
for us all."
Submitted by Russell H.
Birdtable [v.] To meet and discuss an issue before
assigning tasks. "We'll birdtable the
new schedule tomorrow."
Submitted by Steve S.
Black box [n.] New and unfamiliar technology
about which uninformed decisions
are often made.
Blamestorming [v.] Meeting to discuss a failure and find
Bleed [v.] Extract a large sum of money from
an organization or individual.
Bleeding-edge [adj.] Something even more current than
the 'cutting-edge'. Reserved for only
the most novel (read: hyped)
Bloatation [v.] Filling non-essential positions
instead of core staff. Usually occurs
just before bankruptcy.
Blow by blow [exp.] To cover all the details.
Blow hot and cold [v.] To frequently change one's mind.
Blow-in [n.] Advertising materials inserted
between the pages of a magazine
that you'll spend 10 minutes
removing before it's readable.
Blue hairs [exp.] A derogatory term for a female
Blue money [n.] Funds spent quickly and recklessly.
Submitted by Yuri
Blue ocean [n.] A metaphor for the wider, deeper
potential of market space that is not
yet explored. "I look at the sales
opportunities in front of you clowns,
and all I see is blue, blue ocean."
Suggested by Indranil.
Blue-sky thinking [n.] A thought exercise where any
possibility is considered.
Sumbitted by Patti
BOHICA [exp.] Bend Over Here It Comes Again.
Boiler room [n.] A sales firm with questionable
Boiling the frog [v.] The art of managing change so
smoothly that it goes unnoticed.
From the overused, possibly bogus
cliché claiming that frogs will jump
directly out of boiling water, but will
happily perish when heated slowly.
Submitted by Jeff I.
Boiling the ocean [v.] Attempting to do something with too
broad a scope. This is generally in
reference to a project or initiative to
avoid. "The client is living a pipe
dream; when are they going to stop
trying to boil the ocean?"
Submitted by w3.
Book the goods [v.] A really slick way of saying 'place an
order.' "Make sure you book the
goods before you take off this
Boondoggle [n.] An unethical use of public money.
Boot camp [n.] A company training program.
Boot strap business [n.] A company started with very little
Bottom fishing [v.] Purchasing stocks that have a very
Bottom line it [exp.] To summarize. "I don't have time to
read your progress report. Can you
bottom line it for me?"
Submitted by Linda
Bounce [v.] To be removed forcefully, fired.
Bouncebackability [n.] The ability to reverse a losing
situation and then succeed.
Submitted by Paul G.
Bow wave [n.] The initial effects caused by upper
management changes. "The bow
wave might hit them a little hard, but
they'll get over it."
Submitted by Guy from Melbourne.
Brain dump [v.] To extract the knowledge of an
expert employee for the benefit of
Brandatories [n.] All of the branding elements that
must be included in a given ad or
campaign. "Make sure the
brandatories are in place before the
Submitted by Andy B.
Brass tacks [n.] 1) Fundamental business
information or practices. "We need
to scale back R & D and get back to
2) The raw material required for a
company's core products.
Submitted by Pulkit B.
Break your To harm or insult another person. "I
crayons [exp.] don't mean to break your crayons,
but your performance has been
Brick and mortar [adj.] A business with a physical location
and building, as opposed to the
basements and garages that most
online retailers ship from.
Bricks-to-clicks [exp.] When a traditional company realizes
that a website is necessary to stay
Bring to the table [exp.] The contribution (or lack thereof)
that one makes to a group. "What do
you feel you would bring to the table
if you were hired for this position?"
Bronx cheer [n.] A loud sound expressing dislike,
made by sticking out your tongue
and blowing; a raspberry.
Thanks to Rod for the correction.
Brown-bag [v.] To discuss a topic at a later time,
over lunch. "Let's brown-bag your
idea and get this meeting back on
Submitted by Ben.
Bubble it up [v.] To send an issue to the next-higher
level of management. "I've noted
your concern and I'll bubble it up
before the end of the week."
Submitted by Charley O.
Bucket shop [n.] A place where questionable deals
Bucketize [v.] To organize information into logical
groups. "Let's take a moment to
bucketize our ideas." Horrendous.
Submitted by Mo.
Build [n.] Borrowed from software types, this
term has been heard referencing a
revision or addition to a piece of
text. "Still working on that report?
Make sure I have the latest build by
Submitted by Q.
Bullish [adj.] To be in favour of. "I'm feeling
bullish about this new product."
Burn rate [n.] The speed at which a resource
(usually cash) is being used up in a
given company or project. "We need
to get our burn rate under control,
so we're letting a few of you go."
Bush league [adj.] A baseball reference describing
anything amateurish or
unprofessional. "That bush league
secretary hung up on our biggest
client while putting him on hold."
Thanks to Ed L. for the correction.
Business-end [n.] The part of an object that performs
an action. "I looked up from my desk
and found myself staring down the
business-end of a 9 millimeter."
Business-macho [adj.] Describes a male office worker with
his shirt opened too far at the neck --
at least one button beyond what
could be considered business casual.
Often accented with tufts of chest
hair and/or gold chains.
Submitted by David R.
Business- Work attire that is sexy to the point
provocative [adj.] of being inappropriate. "I see Kim
has decided that the dress code for
today is business-provocative."
Buy-in [exp.] To agree with a particular position.
"How can we obtain management
buy-in on this idea?"
Buzz [n.] Excited discussion in the media and
between individuals. Closely linked
to word-of-mouth advertising.
Buzzworthy [adj.] A novel idea or product that has the
potential to generate public interest
in its own right. "These proposals
are all terrible. Why can't you
morons come up with something
C-level [adj.] Describes the people at the top of a
company that get fancy 'C' titles such
as C.E.O., C.F.O., C.O.O.
Cabinet condom [n.] Tape applied to the button of a filing
cabinet to prevent it from being
locked (since the key has long since
Cafeteria plan [n.] A package of benefits that allows the
employee to make choices.
Calendar tickler [n.] A calendar entry with a reminder
alarm. Usually sent as an Outlook
meeting request. "Put a tickler on my
calendar so I won't forget to join the
Submitted by Erika S.
Call on the carpet [v.] To discipline.
Can I stir fry an idea in Could I have your opinion on this
your think-wok? [exp.] issue?
Credited to David A.
Cannibalize [v.] To launch a new product that takes
market share away from one's own
Thanks to Dwayne S. for the
Capsizing [v.] Laying-off employees (downsizing)
to the point where an organization
can no longer function.
Career Limiting Move An action or comment that could
(CLM) [n.] hinder the future progression of
Career suicide [n.] An action that causes you to lose
both your current job, and any
chance you'll find another one in
your field. "If you blow the whistle
on this operation, it'll be career
Carpool tunnel The semi-conscious state that is the
syndrome [n.] result of repeated early morning ride
Carrots and sticks [n.] Incentives. "If we're going to make
this sale, we need a few more carrots
Carte blanche [exp.] The freedom to make any and all
CFO [n.] Chief Finagle Officer. The person
who's responsible for manipulating a
company's finances to avoid legal
Chainsaw An individual brought in to do
consultant [n.] management's dirty work at lay-off
Change agent [n.] A clever title for a consultant (or
employee) who sees himself as a
catalyst for improvement. Often
involves encouraging the adoption of
Change The act of guiding a company
management [v.] through internal or external
Submitted by Clive N.
Charm school [n.] A derogatory term for new manager
training. "After the harassment case,
my boss was shipped off to charm
Chartists [n.] Market analysts who have made a
career of graphing financial data.
Chasing down Placing sales calls to industrial
smokestacks [exp.] companies.
Checked Eskimo [v.] When a clearly unqualified
individual lands a job or promotion
they should have had no chance at
getting, that person must have
"Checked Eskimo" on the
Submitted by David.
Cheese chew [v.] Performing an unwelcome chore to
Submitted by Rob T.
Chicken shop [n.] A department or company that
produces substandard work. "Their
parts had a 20% scrap rate last
quarter. I'm never dealing with that
chicken shop again."
Submitted by Rod SW.
Chinese wall [exp.] Procedures to guard information.
Circle-back [v.] Revisiting an issue after it has been
addressed. Using this one habitually
could lead you to say something like,
"I'm heading to lunch now, but we'll
Submitted by Randi.
Circular file [n.] The garbage can. "Toss that
company newsletter in the circular
file for me."
Cleans up well [adj.] Describes a technician or software
developer who can actually speak
with the customer without
embarrassing the company.
Clocksucker [n.] A completely unproductive
employee; a waste of company
Submitted by Lee.
Close of play [n.] The deadline for the submission of
an order or application, as spoken in
parts of the world where cricket
lingo and business jargon are equally
Suggested by Bill F.
COB [n.] Close Of Business. That magic
moment that comes but once each
day -- quitting time.
Submitted by our spies at a Fortune
Column-shaking [v.] Threatening to uproot the traditions
(or bad habits) of a company, usually
with new and unconventional ideas.
Come to Jesus A term of southern American origin
meeting [n.] that refers to a serious meeting with
an individual or team. These
meetings often involve ultimatums
for performance improvement.
Submitted by aclassicgirl.
Commonplate [v.] To present a topic for consideration,
so that all members of a group have
the same information (ostensibly, as
if everyone were eating from a
'common plate'). "Now that I've
commonplated the issue, can we
come to a reasonable decision?"
Community The shared assets of a married
property [n.] couple.
Comp [adj.] The cool way to say complimentary.
Contrarian [n.] An investor who makes decisions in
opposition to mainstream ideas.
Cook the books [v.] A fraudulent attempt to falsify
Cookie-cutter [adj.] A generic person, product or
approach. "I'm so tired of these
cookie-cutter business grads. When
are we going to find someone with a
brain in their head?"
Cooperative A classic management oxymoron
competition [n.] presumably referring to mutual
benefits experienced by two
Coopetition [n.] The ruthless struggle between an
organization's departments for
limited budget dollars, staff and
equipment, despite the fact that
everyone involved should be
supporting the overall mission.
Symptoms include the hoarding of
copy paper, conference room time-
slots, and the IT guy.
Suggested by Aidan.
Core competencies [n.] A company's most successful skills
and activities. Often leveraged.
Cost containment [n.] An attempt to reduce expenditures.
Counterposing [v.] When ground-level staff outwit
management by using more jargon,
more pointless questions, and more
vague commitments than their
Submitted by Captn Freedom.
Covered-off [adj.] Describes something that has been
completed or otherwise taken care
of. "Let's make sure those
requirements are covered-off."
Submitted by Garry.
Cowboy [n.] A worker that is difficult to
CPB [v.] Conducting Personal Business. Using
company resources and time for
things that aren't work-related
(there's a good chance you're doing
it right now).
CPS [n.] Cheap Plastic S***. Promotional
items (often made of plastic)
distributed through advertising,
corporate gifts, trade shows, or other
Submitted by Jocelyn S.
Critical mass [n.] 1) The point reached by a new idea
or product just prior to explosive
2) The point when an issue can no
longer be avoided and must be
Criticality [n.] An extreme level of importance.
Whatever your colleague meant,
there's a good chance she's not
talking about a nuclear accident. "I
cannot emphasize the criticality of
this issue enough."
Submitted by Shane H.
Cronyism [n.] Playing favourites among close
Cross sabers [v.] To have a conflict.
Cross-pollination [n.] The generation of ideas that can
occur when individuals from diverse
backgrounds are brought together.
"By removing your cubicle walls, we
hope to cultivate the opportunity for
Cross-training [v.] Learning a colleague's job so you can
perform it, in addition to your own,
when they disappear during
vacation, maternity leave, or the
latest round of layoffs.
Submitted by Isabella.
Cubicle vultures [n.] Those who gather office supplies
from the desk of a fired co-woker.
Cut the mustard [exp.] To perform adequately.
CYA [v.] Cover Your Ass. To exercise caution
to avoid blame. "You better CYA on
this one. We can't afford the bad
Cybernate [v.] To control via a computer.
Cyberslacking [v.] Wasting company time by casually
browsing the Internet or instant
Submitted by Mike.
Cycle [n.] An employee's time, broken down
into sections. "I'll have to check if
she has any available cycles for this
Submitted by Renee.
D-PAD [v.] Downloading Porn All Day. When an
employee has nothing to do. "Now
that the project is finished, I'm
looking forward to a little D-PAD."
Submitted by minorfall.
Data-point [n.] An area of factual inquiry.
Submitted by Joe O.
De-integrate [v.] To disassemble. "We're going to
have to de-integrate the entire
assembly and start from scratch."
De-layering [v.] An excuse to fire every other link in
the chain without reducing the total
workload. (see also, Empowerment)
Submitted by Jane W.
De-tune [v.] To minimize in style or message.
Synonym: tone-down. "You really
need to de-tune those hideous
Submitted by Natalie R.
Dead stick [adj.] Describes a project that has lost
momentum. This is an aviation term
used when a plane is on the verge of
Submitted by Derrick.
Dead wood [n.] An employee that no longer
contributes anything meaningful to
Deceptionist [n.] A receptionist whose job is actually
to delay or block potential visitors.
Ruthless with a polite, perfect smile.
Deck [n.] A PowerPoint slide presentation.
"Clean up those slides before you
even think about running that deck
Submitted by Gomo.
Decruit [v.] A clever euphemism for firing senior
employees. "The board is pushing for
Submitted by Amanda G.
Deep dive [n.] An in-depth study.
Deep pockets [n.] Rich investors. "We need to get a few
more deep pockets involved in this
Deep six [exp.] A military term meaning 'to dispose
Deferred success [n.] A term used to postpone the
declaration of failure, as if a positive
result is guaranteed (just not right
now). "The project was a deferred
success; we're confident that things
will pick up in the next quarter."
Submitted by Aidan.
Dehire [v.] To fire.
Deja moo [exp.] The nagging feeling that you've
heard this BS before.
Delagatorship [n.] A business entity run by someone
incapable of decision-making.
Submitted by Matt F.
Deliver the goods [v.] To come through on an agreement.
Deselect [v.] To fire or let go. "We need to
deselect 5 people from your
department to meet our cost targets
for the year."
Submitted by Don.
Desk dive [n.] The painful crawl underneath your
desk to unplug equipment or fetch a
dropped item. Often accompanied by
a few grunts if one is overweight.
Submitted by Jessica.
Desk jockey [exp.] An office worker. If you're enjoying
yourself here, this might be a good
name for you.
Deskfast [n.] Breakfast eaten at your desk.
Dial and smile [n.] Phone calls intended to recruit new
Dial-in [v.] A simply terrible way to say
'include'. "I'd like to dial-in the
marketing department on this one."
Dialogue [v.] To have a conversation. Another
innocent noun turned into a painful
verb, "Let's dialogue later about the
Dialogue marketing [n.] A marketing strategy that intends to
create a rapport with the customer.
Different breed [adj.] Something unusual. It is often used
as a derogatory reference to a
Digerati [n.] An elite group of people that know
more about computers than you ever
Dime store [n.] A business selling very cheap items.
DINK [n.] Double Income, No Kids.
Dinosaur [n.] A long-term company employee
whose extensive experience is only
surpassed by his resistance to
Submitted by Aaron D.
Dirty laundry [n.] Questionable business practices or
materials that an organization would
prefer to remain undisclosed.
Dirty pool [exp.] Unethical practices. "Her lawyers are
really playing dirty pool on this one."
Disambiguate [v.] An ironic 5-syllable word used in
place of 'clarify.'
Disconnect [n.] An inconsistency or problem. Yet
another example of the business
world making a terrible noun out of
a perfectly good verb.
Disimpress [v.] To reverse a favourable impression
with subsequent behaviour. "We
liked him after the first interview,
but he really disimpressed us in the
Submitted by Jason I.
Disincentivize [v.] To eliminate the motivation to make
a particular choice. Use this one at
your own risk.
Disintermediate [v.] The process of removing the middle
man. Lord help us.
Doability [adj.] Used to describe whether an activity
can be undertaken. "I need to
confirm the doability of that
Submitted by Beneboy
Dog [n.] A badly performing product or
Dog and pony show [n.] A presentation that's insultingly
Dogfooding [v.] The practice of forcing developers to
use their own product (or 'eat their
own dog food') to understand what
the customer is subjected to. One
step further than product testing,
this is often a good cure for
Submitted by Programmer Type.
DOMA [exp.] Die Or Move Away. One way in
which to lose customers.
DOMO [exp.] DOwnwardly MObile. A young
person who changes their priorities
and quits a high paying, demanding
Don't f*** with Blunt advice about avoiding
payroll [exp.] romantic or sexual relationships
Submitted by Max
Don't fight the Don't oppose what the market
tape [exp.] dictates.
Dopeler effect [exp.] The principle that stupid ideas
sound better when they come at you
Double dip [v.] To retire, but then start another
Double-time [exp.] A military term meaning to act
quickly. "Get that invoice out double-
Dovetail [v.] To expand upon a fellow employee's
idea. Claiming it as your own is
Submitted by Johnny P.
Down and dirty [adj.] To perform a task quickly without an
immediate consideration of quality.
Down round [n.] A period in which a company's value
is decreasing in the eyes of investors.
Downsize [v.] To reduce the size of a workforce.
Often begins with requests for
voluntary resignations and ends
with a series of layoffs.
Drill down [v.] To look into thoroughly. "Let's meet
this afternoon and drill down on this
Drink from the To be inundated with information.
firehose [v.] Submitted by Crazy Renee.
Drink the Kool-aid [v.] To accept company policy without
Drive beyond the To get ahead of oneself. "Stop me if
headlights [v.] I'm driving beyond my headlights
here, but I want to share an amazing
home-based business with you that
could change your life."
Submitted by Crazy Renee.
Drop-dead date [n.] The REAL deadline. Missing it often
means dire consequences.
Dub-dub-dub [n.] A quicker (and nerdier) way to refer
to the beginning of a website
address or the world wide web in
general. "You have to check out dub-
Submitted by Chandra C.
Duck shove [AUS-n.] The act of passing an undesirable job
or inquiry to an unsuspecting third
party. "I just duck shoved all the
paperwork to Jonathon."
Duck shuffler [n.] Someone who disrupts your affairs
after you've finally gotten all your
'ducks in a row.'
Ducks in a row [exp.] To become organized.
Due Diligence [n.] The thoroughness required to
ensure success in business decision-
Submitted by Pulkit B.
Ear candy [n.] Flattery.
Ear job [n.] The act of passing on some juicy
company gossip verbally, and in
private. "I'm just running into a
meeting, but I'll give you an ear job
Submitted by Randi H.
Easy mark [n.] A person that is not difficult to cheat.
Eat a reality An 'action' necessary when one's
sandwich [exp.] ideas are completely inappropriate
for the given situation. "I can't
believe your last suggestion. You
better eat a reality sandwich before
you walk back in that boardroom."
Eat the frog [v.] To complete an unpleasant job that
has been well procrastinated. "Just
eat the frog and get on with it!"
Submitted by Emma-Dawn L.
Econometrics [n.] Known by consultants to be the act
of simply plugging numbers into a
pre-made spreadsheet, yet
externally marketed (to those will
not ask detailed questions) as a
highly scientific analytic modeling
exercise performed by economists
and industry-specific experts.
Ego surfing [v.] Searching the web for references to
yourself. Come on, you know you've
Eighty-six [v.] To dispose of. "We have to eighty-six
these documents or we'll all be
Elephants [n.] Large investment groups that tend
to move together.
Eleventh hour [exp.] The last moment.
Empty suits [n.] Unthinking middle management.
Enabler [n.] Something that must be in place
before something else can occur.
Enail [n.] An email sent for the sole purpose of
making a point in writing, usually at
another person's expense. Most
effective when cc'ed to as many
senior people as possible.
Submitted by Ian C.
Enthuse [v.] To inspire enthusiasm (or attempt
to). "I'm still looking for a way to
enthuse the new hires."
Submitted indirectly by Andy P.
EPON [n.] Endless Pit Of Need. A colleague who
continually seeks support for their
ongoing personal and professional
Submitted by M. Schroeder.
Evangelize [v.] To promote a product with the
enthusiasm of a true believer. "We
need distributors to evangelize the
new line in the local markets."
Submitted by Nicky T.
Even dead cats Even worthless things can rise in
bounce [exp.] value again.
Exploding offer [n.] A job offer that expires after a
Extract the max [v.] To achieve the highest level of
productivity possible while directing
a group of people. "I hope my
management style will extract the
max from each and every one of
Extrapediately [adv.] Faster than ASAP and quicker than
STAT, this made-up word is saved
for when a task must be
Submitted by CM & JC.
Extraview [n.] A second interview you feel obliged
to hold even though the position has
already been filled. Can also be
scheduled when the candidate is just
so damn hot.
F2F [exp.] A really cute way of saying face-to-
Face time [n.] 1) The opportunity to sit down to
discuss an issue in person. "I've been
trying to get a little face time with
the boss to go over this proposal, but
she keeps blowing me off."
2) Unproductive time spent at the
office meant to project the image
that you're a hardworking employee.
Updated by Randi H.
Facipulate [v.] An unfortunate mix of 'facilitate' and
'manipulate', this contrived verb
refers to influencing the course of a
discussion by indirectly promoting
particular lines of thought.
Submitted by Ed T.
Fact pattern [n.] A set of supporting evidence. "Mary
keeps calling in sick on the day of the
sales presentations. Interesting fact
pattern, don't you think?"
Submitted by Bob S.
Fairy dust [n.] The finishing touches on a project.
"Sprinkle the fairy dust on that one
for me, will ya?"
Submitted by Steve B.
Fall guy [n.] A scapegoat. After the buck is passed
through the entire organization, it
stops at this unfortunate person.
Fallen angels [n.] Investments that once performed
well but have declined in value.
Featherbedding [v.] Keeping jobs that aren't needed in
order to please the union.
Feature creep [v.] The tendency to continually add
more features during the
development of a product.
Feeding frenzy [n.] Intense buying by consumers.
Fenestration [n.] Windows. Please, please just say
windows. "This 10th floor rental unit
has excellent fenestration."
File thirteen [n.] The garbage can.
Finger-of-blame [n.] An arbitrary method for selecting
the person who will take
responsibility for a mistake. Used
most accurately when the blame is
out of proportion with the actual
error. "Uh-oh... the finger-of-blame
finds ... YOU!"
Submitted by DJ.
Fire away [exp.] Proceed whenever you're ready.
Fire fighting [v.] Addressing a problem that must be
solved immediately. "We've been fire
fighting since last quarter's numbers
Fish or cut bait [exp.] To be forced to make a decision.
"We're getting to the point where we
have to either fish or cut bait on this
Fishbowl [exp.] To be in the public spotlight.
Fishing expedition [n.] 1) A fact-finding mission.
2) A concerted effort to find
something -- anything -- wrong.
Submitted by Vic P.
Fit for purpose [adj.] Any good. "We need to evaluate
whether this new software is fit for
Submitted by Sue A.
Flight risk [n.] An employee that is thought to be
Flub [v.] To miss.
Fluff it and fly it [v.] To make cosmetic improvements
and then sell an item.
Flunky [n.] A worker at the bottom of the
corporate food chain.
Flush [adj.] Possessing a large amount of money.
Flying circus [n.] A flight by company management to
inspect local operations.
Food chain [n.] An organization's hierarchy. "I'm
going to send this up the food chain
Submitted by D Ochoa.
Foot on the ball Borrowed from football, this is a
time [UK-n.] chance to pause and gain control of a
situation. "If you don't give me a
little more foot on the ball time, I'm
going to blow this presentation."
Submitted by Sean.
Foreseeable future [n.] A conveniently flexible period of
upcoming time that is often spoken
about by management.