Buzzwords and Media Expressions

8/29

“mind meld”, “optics” now overused, “take it to social”-within the Company

6/27

“good for him” , Greg in gym 2014

“get it while you can”, WR Weston MA 1993

6/9

“be constructive”, tax inversion deals

5/16

“off message”, “crowded trades”

5/12

de minimus  ( e.g.level of risk is small)

4/1

conscious uncoupling

data driven

3/20

micro-targeted marketing e.g. single women 20-29 who watch “New Girl”

aligned, alignment

2/26/14

de minimus

game face

Eww!    From Jimmy Fallon Late Night

entangled (still good)

bubble, bubblet

battle stations, go down in flames

 

2/2/14

from NFL “thug”

from politics “red meat elements”

from media “herding goats”

random net surfing “cyberloafing”

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Verbal Tics? … “I just want you to know”…

Why Verbal Tee-Ups Like ‘To Be Honest’ Are a Signal of Insincerity – WSJ.com

1/6/14

“reversion to mean”

“fat finger trade”

“polar vortex”

anthropocene era-The Lost World

1/2/14

WSJ looking for overused, buzzwords to ban and our list contains many.

Which Buzzwords Would You Ban? – WSJ.com —-Start with “move the needle”. ‘Lumpy” getting overused as well.

12/30

goggle gap-when your ski goggles don’t reach the helmet

chicken head-bobbing your head to music

11/27

big data

11/19

“selfie”

vapor stock

11/13

“If you don’t schmooze you lose”

“hug it out”

10/2

“boil the ocean”

(something hard to do)

8/27

undertoad

–worry, fear and anxiety, concern etc–

From “The World According to Garp”

8/26

interpolation

–snipping melodies from another song–

 

8/19

electroceuticals

8/14

…wait..whaaaat!!

geocaching

8/7

flywheel

high altitude vision

8/1

“He’s a dog you don’t leave on the porch”

Texas proverb about someone who is hard to control.

 

“blunderbuss”

A blundering person; a bungler: scattershot.

7/15

“cinemagraphic carnival”

comment by Mark Leibovich talking about the Washington gold rush in his book “This Town”.

 

7/9

biomimicry

7/1/13-7/2/13

“this side of the grass” ,   Fempire

6/17/13

“hair on fire”, secret sauce, “drinking through a fire hose”, “dog that caught the bus”

6/5/13

freegan

5/31/13

paywall, paycation

advertorial,edutainment,infomercial

knaidel

5/24/13

conundrum, “Q” score

taper (as in FED easing), translational medicine (understand clinical implications earlier  in drug discovery)

5/14/13

squirrely, disruptive, “on its heels”, “macro tourists”, “hard wire”, “overplay their hand”

5/13/13

delight, delightful

5/10/13

“medibles”

give lotta love, train wreck, white on rice (old), behind the curve, hall pass, harsh, later

and old ones coming back today in LATimes: “feather in the cap”, “step up to the plate”

4/21

lockdown,  bubblet

3/22/13

flyover, artisanal, give color, OK

Useless Buzzwords

Banned Buzzwords from Lake Superior State Univ.

e.g. doubledown, guru, superfood, spoiler alert etc

different direction

10/12

ruggedize (DF)

aesthetic medicine

malarkey

over their skis

6/4/12

“painting the tape”

hypernet

“adult supervision”—huge

“good for you”

 

5/9/12 New

emotional IQ

random

meta

4/6/12

“Above the Rim”

New Buzzwords 2/28/12

Tea-Vangelicals

Trending

Technology Loop (from Portlandia)

Take a knee

WORD of the Day:   Vaporized

MFnGlobal customer funds were vaporized.

zerohedge.com/contributed/mf-global-customer-funds-were-not-vaporized-stanley-haar-takes-wsj-task

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.

Bizbabble

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!
engine*
vaporized

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

Stay-up

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

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.