Buzzwords 1/31/12 “Vaporized”
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Buzzwords and Org Jargon
(needs a little editing)
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 www.raygent.com 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|
|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|
|in the rear view mirror||artifact of the deal|
|burn-rate||back up the truck|
|rebalance||blocking and tackling*|
|win (-win),need a win||head’s up|
|behind the curve||growth engine|
|conundrum||push the envelope*|
|slippery slope||value added|
|impudence||feet on the street|
|giveback, pushback||work through|
|north of (higher)*||on the same page*|
|baked in (the cake)||penny drops quickly|
|convergence||shots on goal|
|raising the bar*||land grab|
|workaround||ebb and flow|
|on the edge||atomization|
|good call||can do|
|crash and burn||additional runway|
|good cop, bad cop||elephant hunt|
|better landscape||roll ups|
|red flag||whisper mill|
|war room*||sharp elbows*|
|off message||food chain|
|biomarker||that’s the market|
|arch an eyebrow||business rhythm|
|..I can taste it..||eyeball|
|paper up||dodged a bullet|
drill down(on it), player
talk their book, blahflation
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
upside down, cash runway
spot on, bench strength
back channel, backstory, tone deaf
skin in the game, mad as hell
toxic assets, franken-derivatives
zombie banks, legacy assets
lockdown, full body contact
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
General Use Buzzwords
|trendy||kick-back*||24/7 (way overused)*|
|buzz||absolutely||paradigm (can be used 1001 ways!)*|
|edgey*||wildcard||over the top|
|holy grail||furshure||high maintenance|
|face time||hottie, hunk||do ya think?|
|bubble-up||soundbite||dude, bro, bra, bud|
|hold court||so over||phone-tag (obsolete)|
|move on||topical||get a life|
|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|
|dovetail||present||hassle (way old)|
|the new-||vibe||political storm|
|be safe||sweet||hold’s court|
|mutt||very tired||get a life|
|meat eaters||bread of life||pachyderm proportions|
|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
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
- ..baby 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
Look behind the curtain
Kick the can down the road(really popular)
Runts of the litter
It’ll be a dark Christmas
Humanistic event (Kudlow)
NINA-no income no assets
Catch a falling knife
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.