deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was
CHAINSAW CONSULTANT: An outside expert brought in to reduce
the employee headcount, leaving the top brass with clean
CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.
IDEA HAMSTERS: People who always seem to have their idea
MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation’s answer to the
PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly
in a cube farm, and people’s heads pop up over the walls to
see what’s going on.
SITCOMs: (Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage)
What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them
stops working to stay home with the kids.
STARTER MARRIAGE: A short-lived first marriage that ends in
divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.
STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed
out and whiny.
SWIPED OUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered
useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive
TOURISTS: People who take training classes just to get a
vacation from their jobs. “We had three serious students in
the class; the rest were just tourists.”
TREEWARE: Hacker slang for documentation or other printed
XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from
ALPHA GEEK: The most knowledgeable, technically proficient
person in an office or work group.
CHIPS & SALSA: Chips = hardware, Salsa = software. “Well,
first we gotta figure out if the problem’s in your chips or