Buzzwords 1/31/12 “Vaporized”

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WORD of the Day:   Vaporized

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it is a “vapor stock”

Buzzwords and Org Jargon

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Ever sit in a meeting and hear a word and say hmm that says it, who started that expression? New buzzwords are created faster than ever as pop culture and media rule. Katie Couric (ex-Today Show) for example was the buzzword and hairdo queen.

But do you get annoyed* by someone who uses hackneyed buzzwords or popular ones repetitively? Like almost when every sentence uttered gets the refrain “exactly”or “zactly”. And by now we all hate “Hell-low” and “on the same page”. Believe it or not ,”throw out the baby with the bathwater” is back more than ever”. Well here is a working compendium of some commonly used jargon. Don’t stop here. We hope you will create your own buzzwords and start a trend, but these new words have a very short half-life before annoyance sets in. Send your buzzwords to for updating this list.

Expression of the year is WDF.


micromanage in the eighth (7th) inning
strategic fit out of the loop
juice out of pocket (way, way old)*
tactical at the end of the day (way old)*
revisit process (noun or verb)
in here end of the world
synergy think outside the box *
pro-active move the needle (dial)
game plan moving(going) forward
fast track connect the dots
rebalancing lost the recipe
leverage-de(ing) result driven
empower touch base; hit the cover off the ball
deliverables take that off-line
reinvent our plate is full*
traction client or customer focused
drivers float an idea; put a feeler out
benchmark boo-yah!
vetted stakeholders
in the rear view mirror artifact of the deal
validate core competencies
burn-rate back up the truck
rebalance blocking and tackling*
win (-win),need a win head’s up
behind the curve growth engine
blockbuster knowledge base
breakthrough mind-set (share)
conundrum push the envelope*
flattening bottom line
execution progressive approach
aggressive key takeaway
ask(noun)* buy-in
robust best practice
slippery slope value added
impudence feet on the street
giveback, pushback work through
granularity transparent(cy)
north of (higher)* on the same page*
baked in (the cake) penny drops quickly
team landscaped vacuumed
compelling loose cannon*
grab-bag bit rate
scale-able founder-itis
convergence shots on goal
raising the bar* land grab
disruptive blackbox
workaround ebb and flow
multitasking culture
switch gears morph
on the edge atomization
liquidity ramp
good call can do
crash and burn additional runway
good cop, bad cop elephant hunt
better landscape roll ups
red flag whisper mill
accountable softball questions
outsource branched out
footprint well crafted
slam dunk modulated
go flat actionable
war room* sharp elbows*
off message food chain
juice jingle mail
biomarker that’s the market
arch an eyebrow business rhythm
..I can taste it.. eyeball
paper up dodged a bullet
hot seat ouch!


drill down(on it), player

talk their book, blahflation

relo, clawback

giddyup, disruptive (technology)

golden coffin, “drill, drill, drill” (Kudlow)

solutions*  ,”land banks” (Cramer)

on the horn* , holy cow!

crowded trade, liquidity backstop

monetize, liar loans

telepresence, bailout

upside down, cash runway

spot on, bench strength

derivatives, meltdown

back channel, backstory, tone deaf

skin in the game, mad as hell

toxic assets, franken-derivatives

zombie banks, legacy assets

lockdown, full body contact

lumpy, green-lit

headline risk , optics

due negligence, cap and trade

fresh eyes, lift the hood up

talk your book, shoe to drop

new normal, crowded trade

double-dip, price discovery

stalled, Goldilocks economy

fat tail, good cop/bad cop

algo trades, robo-trades

give color, bolt on

crowded trade, wow data

strategic alternative


General Use Buzzwords

cool wavelength brainstorm
focused bandwidth judgement call
trendy kick-back* 24/7 (way overused)*
buzz absolutely paradigm (can be used 1001 ways!)*
edgey* wildcard over the top
exactly* connected relationship
whatever* tape loops hipster
chill hell-lo!* wake-up call
holy grail furshure high maintenance
nabobs doom-mongers the darkside
face time hottie, hunk do ya think?
twisted green rewind, go-back
bubble-up soundbite dude, bro, bra, bud
hold court so over phone-tag (obsolete)
bummer fun prickly
move on topical get a life
wassup* whatup it rocks*
planet awesome best in class*
issues suck it up get a little love
entangled perfect storm way too much (time)
later wink and nod digerati
granite* who knew? optics,optical
dovetail present hassle (way old)
the new- vibe political storm
dialed in truculent blackbox*
be safe sweet hold’s court
tripped-out sticky hardbody
eye candy organically townie
stoked sick scuttlebutt
mojo hoot homey
rad dumbrella bellwether
mutt very tired get a life
neg shred my friend
well duh keeper doyenne
meat eaters bread of life pachyderm proportions
bummer perky gravitas
proclivities predilection wonky
bonding agenda snarky
prescient baggage chary
embedded footprint grazing
buzzkill Koombayah grim
it matters comfort food do-overs

wicked, bimbotante, jagoff  (PIT)

big table ,celebutante, hat in hand

turnkey#, leading edge#, a leader#

bitchin’ , sketchy . uh oh, harsh

grim, end of story, namaste

honey-do’s* ,epiphany, gateway drug

Joe SixPack,  genetic obedience, hyphenate

Gut check. head fake, dystopian

Lollygaggin’ ,Fourth Estate

Old school ,brainworm, backstory

Drunk dialed, foodie, slide path

Blowout,  ego-parked

Rope a dope , didn’t get the memo

Back channel, work around

Keep it real, for sure


Cross collateralized, white space



Random Expressions and Idioms

  • Feeling their oats*
  • It’s a slam dunk
  • Way of the buffalo
  • This time it’s different
  • How do we turn lemons into lemonade?
  • Is the juice worth the squeeze?
  • Elephant in the room
  • It is what it is
  • Trippin’ very hard
  • Always be closing (Glen Garry Glen Ross)
  • Smell the coffee
  • Whaddya got for me?
  • I coulda been a contendeh
  • Life in the slow (fast) lane
  • Life is good
  • Step up to the plate
  • Walk the walk, talk the talk*
  • Be careful what you wish for.
  • Where the rubber meets the road
  • Hotel California deal-can get in but can’t get out
  • Size doesn’t matter
  • Late to the party
  • Been there, done that*
  • We’re running out of road (need more leeway).
  • I am out of bandwidth. We need more bandwidth.
  • Ping me.
  • Where is the upside?
  • Lots of FUD.
  • Be here now.
  • Thank you very much.
  • From the get-go.
  • Don’t go there*
  • Shot across the bow.
  • …on the planet….
  • Life is good
  • It is not you, it is me.
  • Recipe for making money.
  • You must chill.
  • I’d like to say…
  • Cut to the chase.
  • Takes the air out of the balloon.
  • When the balloon drops
  • Use it or lose it
  • Paint by numbers
  • 800 lb. Gorilla*
  • Do what ya gotta do
  • The horse is outta the stable
  • …he(she) has a lotta issues*
  • roll their eyes
  • out with the bathwater…(it is back!)*
  • ..way overdone by the media..
  • asleep at the switch*
  • ..the end is near..
  • There is no there there….Gertrude Stein
  • If it ain’t broke don’t fix it
  • I gotta have more cowbell (SNL)
  • ..taking on water..
  • ..put lipstick on a pig..
  • ..greasy pole of success..TSEliot
  • ..then the wheels came off…
  • ..he deserves the toast with stale beer with the cig butts swimming on top..
  • what da f*ck…!
  • opaque or transparent market/company
  • catch a falling knife
  • someone hits the windshield(in a momentum market)
  • we don’t know what we don’t know
  • I don’t wanno know nothing about anything
  • Nobody knows anythingIt aint what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just aint so.”–Mark Twainmore… more ….more

Last one at the table

It’s like anything

Deep end of the pool

Puts his pants on one leg at a time

Depends on the meaning of is is

Hat in hand

Pull your socks up

It’s a wrap

Moral compass

Look behind the curtain

Kick the can down the road(really popular)

Runts of the litter

Risk aversion

It’ll be a dark Christmas

Humanistic event (Kudlow)

NINA-no income no assets

Catch a falling knife

Fatuous blather

Play the other side

Angle is too steep.

Dollars to donuts (way old)

He is uncomfortable in his own skin.

It is as high as an elephant’s eye

Take away the punch bowl

Comparative effectiveness research (healthcare)


”Try to have a good day Dude ”.  Liftline Alta 1999


Sample sentences (with new expressions)

That’s good, but focusing on the core competency is always a key driver for our growth engine.
Also executing these deliverables into a viral marketing approach will leverage the business model to achieve mind-share and reach critical mass. If that works, I think building a new value chain with channel partners and other stakeholders could help you gain traction and hit the†next release†out of the park.† If you need support, I could contribute human capital to the cause but that would require†fully valued†remuneration with an incentivized bonus scale.
That is what I’m talkin’ about.

At the end of the day, we should stop looking in the rear view mirror and reinvent ourselves, but try not to get over the top. Otherwise it’ll be a do-over.