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The Wisdom of Office Space
 

TOP 10:  Nerd Slang, Office Speak,

and modern day Work Related Terms

 

 

..... because we all hate TPS reports

and Load Letter errors........

 

 

 

 

TOP 10 NERD SLANG

 

1.

404 - Someone who is clueless. From the Web error message,

“404 Not Found,” which means the document requested

couldn’t be located. “Don’t bother asking John. He’s 404.”

 

2.

Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient

person in an office or work group. “I dunno, ask Rick. He’s our

alpha geek.”

 

3.

Betamaxed - When a technology is overtaken in the market by

inferior but better marketed competition as in “Microsoft

betamaxed Apple right out of the market”

 

4.

Chotchkie's - cheap and silly desk ornaments such as

bobbleheads, flashy clocks, stress balls, toys and meant to add

flair to your workspace. "Look at my new Chotchkie! It's a

Swingline pencil holder! I'm putting next to my Lightsaber

Desk Lamp!" (from Office Space)

 

5. 

ping: to try and contact someone as in "i'll ping you later".

 

6.

Link Rot - The process by which web page’s links become

obsolete as the sites they’re connected to change or die.

 

7.

Dead Tree Edition - The paper version of a publication

available in both paper and electronic forms.

Egosurfing - Scanning the Net, databases, etc., for one’s own

name.      - or -

Treeware - Hacker slang for documentation or other printed

material.

 

8.

Salami slicing - the illegal practice of stealing money

repeatedly in extremely small quantities, usually by taking

advantage of rounding to the nearest cent  (as in Office Space)

 

9.

Meatspace - The physical world (as opposed to the virtual) also

“carbon community” “facetime” “F2F” “RL”

 

10.

Mouse Potato - The online generation’s answer to the couch

potato.

 

 

 

 

TOP 10 Office Slang

 

1.

NTAC - no talent ass clown, celebrity or performer who is

successful despite having only marginal talent  (from Office

Space)

 

2.

Open-Collar Workers - People who work at home or

telecommute.

 

3.

CROP DUSTING - Surreptitiously passing gas while passing

 thru a cube farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and

disgust;  leads to PRAIRIE DOGGING.....

 

4.

Prairie Dogging - When something loud happens in a cube

farm, causing heads to pop up over the walls trying to see

what’s going on.

 

5.

Reverse Telecommuting: bringing personal work to the

office: paying bills, playing games and reading online

newspapers on company time.

 

6.

Lumbergh - a really bad boss (from Office Space)

 

 7.

Square-Headed Spouse - Computer

 

8.

The Bobs - the corporate heads of the organization

 (from Office Space)

 

9.

Cube Farm - An office filled with cubicles.

 

10.

Wet Monday: to work from home as the result of bad

weather. "I didn't call in sick, I'm having a Wet Monday!"

 

 

 

Sarchasm
The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

 

 

 

Honorable mention......

 

  

Bush League - term used to describe an action or thing as being

amateur, inferior or crude

 

Elvis Year - The peak year of popularity as in “1993 was Barney

the dinosaur’s Elvis year”