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
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.”
Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient
person in an office or work group. “I dunno, ask Rick. He’s our
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”
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)
ping: to try and contact someone as in "i'll ping you later".
Link Rot - The process by which web page’s links become
obsolete as the sites they’re connected to change or die.
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
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)
Meatspace - The physical world (as opposed to the virtual) also
“carbon community” “facetime” “F2F” “RL”
Mouse Potato - The online generation’s answer to the couch
TOP 10 Office Slang
NTAC - no talent ass clown, celebrity or performer who is
successful despite having only marginal talent (from Office
Open-Collar Workers - People who work at home or
CROP DUSTING - Surreptitiously passing gas while passing
thru a cube farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and
disgust; leads to PRAIRIE DOGGING.....
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.
Reverse Telecommuting: bringing personal work to the
office: paying bills, playing games and reading online
newspapers on company time.
Lumbergh - a really bad boss (from Office Space)
Square-Headed Spouse - Computer
The Bobs - the corporate heads of the organization
(from Office Space)
Cube Farm - An office filled with cubicles.
Wet Monday: to work from home as the result of bad
weather. "I didn't call in sick, I'm having a Wet Monday!"
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”