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Term used to describe mass retrenchments and redundancies as a company reduces its workforce in an attempt to drive costs down the easy way, whilst raising apparent profits. That profit isn't necessarily increased over the long terms seems not to be a concern.

Nor is the effect it has on the people dismissed and their families.


Commercial activity carried out over the Internet.

friendly fire

People killed by misdirected attacks from their own side during a war, or other military activity.

future driven

A vile term intended for use in a company's marketing division to demonstrate how it strives to be proactive, working to future proof the company by introduction and implementation of paradigms designed to ensure market needs are set and met for the consumer of tomorrow as well as that of today.

(ed: I can't believe I wrote that... it's horrible!)

get with the programme

Keep to a predetermined plan and don't raise side issues or deviate tangentially.

hasta la vista baby

Arnies trademark phrase has been used to death in all sorts of bizare places from the pulpit to the court.

But why?

Source: 1990's, USA

Notification to all parties on the current status of a project or situation.

low hanging fruit

Situation where success is seen to be certain for new business, e.g. selling small vans to a start up courier company.

Source: circa 2005
organic growth

Basically any growth in a business, especially if rapid. 'Organic' just 'adds value' :)

Source: universal, circa 2005
abbr. Peer to peer.

Usually refers to file sharing programs that allow two transmission of data across the Internet.

abbr. Personal Digital Assistant

In the beginning was the notebook, easily lost, hard to search and hard to update without causing chaos from scratchy pens and constant erasing or data. Next came the Filofax with replaceable pages but many of the same drawbacks as the plain notebook. The computer solved many of the issues but was too large to be mobile. Laptop computers made the task much easier, but the answer was to reduce the Laptop to 'pocket' size.

There have been many attempts to create 'electronic organizers' for example Casio have been selling them in one form or another for 20 years. The drawback was always small screens and inelegant data entry and retrieval.

The 'big advance' was the introduction of the Apple Newton with had a large screen and early handwriting recognition software. It flopped. Others took up the challenge and now so self respecting yuppy would be seen dead without their PDA. In fact, they are so ubiquitous that they are beginning to replace the business card as people can transmit their contact details via infra red to adjoining PDA's.


To be dismissed from employment. Supposed to be a more polite and less psychologically damaging term. USed a lot in the lat 1980's hen many companies were 'downsizing'.

See also: downsizing

Originally a peace initiative for the Middle East, this has been adopted ad nauseum by anyone and everyone who can't use a dictionary to find words like 'plan', 'agenda' and the like.

Source: circa 1990's - 2005, USA, UK
smell test

This has come to replace a previous horrible expression: "Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes." Basically refers to an assessment of the potential a product has in the market.

Source: circa 2005
snail mail

The original 'old fashioned' means of communicating before the internet took over. It involves making a hard copy of the communication, inserting it into a package (often referred to as an envelope) and paying someone to convey it to its destination. The organisation usually entrusted with this conveyance is known as a 'Post Office'.

The name derives from the lack of speed in delivery.

Source: 2000+

Lose a job, especially from a computer programming company.

IBM lost a big contract last week and I was uninstalled.
Source: USA, circa 2007
viral growth
replaced organic as the term of choice for decribing rapid growth.
watercooler games
Discussions between co-workers, usually about non-work related things like office politics or suspected inter-colleague romances.
abbr. Weapons of Mass Destruction

Talk of WMDs was all that filled the media in the run up to the Iraq war in 2003. It was a term used to cover everything from ballistic missiles, to their presumed payloads of conventional and biological weaponry.

Once it was realised they never existed, all talk of WMDs ceased.