Buzzwords: The 'honey on the language vine'.

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back, sack and crack

Made famous by David Beckham, this is a essentially removing the hair from the back, scrotum and bum cleft by waxing. Sounds utterly hideous and extremely painful!

Source: circa 2000, UK

The level of effort required to complete a project, or the time actually available for it.

Source: circa 2005
best practice

Supposed to describe the most appropriate way that a company or individual can implement and carry out a range of tasks. In theory it should reflect the activities of successful companies, but since the Enron collapse, people are questioning whether 'successful' equates to companies carrying out 'best practice'.


Usually a 'pre-release' version of a software programme; i.e. a version more complete and bug free than an 'alpha' release, but not yet ready to be published. There are those who suggest that (at least in the past) because Windows releases have been 'buggy and prone to failure, that Microsoft had released beta versions an not the 'real thing'.


In the early days of computing, every byte a computer used had to be earned. Companies like Microsoft were able to produce entire operating systems on a single 360 KB floppy disk. Then came Windows. Then came Visual Basic. Then came bloatware which is a software programme with more bells and whistles, buttons and bows in the terms of capabilities than you can shake a stick at.

The downside is that even with faster chips, bigger Hard Disks, and larger allocations of RAM, these monster programs run no faster than their predecessors.


Shortened version of 'weblog'. Originally the weblog was a form of online diary where people listed the things they did during the day. These were usually so boring they quickly expanded into a means of voicing opinions otherwise left unheard. Well they are *still* unheard, but at least they are 'out there' for anyone to dig up. Currently the 'blog' has expanded in use almost to an art form and there are now millions of blog sites where people who feel otherwise disenfranchised can voice their opinions.

The tide seems to be beginning to turn however as more and more people realise that essentially writing to and for oneself is a less satisfactory a means of communication that they'd thought.


A means of using low frequency radio signals to produce a wireless technology. Its purpose is to eliminate cables between the burgeoning digital devices one is compelled to carry with one, for example the PDA and the mobile telephone.

Bluetooth hopes to become the standard for all this type of short range wireless communication.

See also: PDA
Source: 2000s

Marketing ploy to attract rather than repel customers. Is an acronym for "buy one, get one free".

brain dump

Typically the giving or receiving of all pertinent information about a project or task. Could be in response to a supervisors request for an update, or as a result of handing control of the project or task to a successor.

John gave me a brain dump of Project 45 so I'm up to speed on that!
Source: circa 2005

Relatively fast, permanently 'on', internet connections.

buzzword bingo

A worktime game where you take a crossword grid, and try to fill rows or columns from a table filled with the buzzwords you hear at the meeting, by marking the words when they are used.

In addition the rule sais you should shout 'buzzword' when you achieved a complete row or column - but this is also seen as a good way to be retrenched.

See also: retrenched
buzzword compliant

Describes a document stuffed with buzzwords.

change management

Simply the process of managing change in a company. Well duh!

However, it covers almost any alteration in working methods from a simple administration change, to an entire corporate culture change.

cherry picker

Something 'corporate raiders' do when they take over a company. Basically they keep/sell off the best, (i.e. profit making) parts and sell off the rest, often leaving an impoverished shell that soon fails.

collateral damage

Originally a description of damage caused to infrastructure by military attack, but now extended to cover the deaths of people not immediately involved in the fighting, usually civilians.


One of those words added at the end of phrases meaning 'fully'. Used in a similar fashion to that other execrable phrase 'to the max', i.e. She's fully sick core!"

(ed: I have to stop reading this stuff... my IQ is dropping by the minute!)

critical path

A borrowed phrase, supposed to indicate the most appropriate steps to take in order to reach a successful conclusion in a task of project.

Source: circa 2005
D generation

The cohort of the population that has grown up with digital technology. They are presumed to have no inherent fear that technical developments will ruin rather than enhance heir lives.

dead cat bounce

A temporary upturn in an otherwise downward trend.

Source: circa 1990's, IRE

Accumulate facts about a situation.

Source: circa 2005