Buzzwords and Media Expressions
“mind meld”, “optics” now overused, “take it to social”-within the Company
“good for him” , Greg in gym 2014
“get it while you can”, WR Weston MA 1993
“be constructive”, tax inversion deals
“off message”, “crowded trades”
de minimus ( e.g.level of risk is small)
micro-targeted marketing e.g. single women 20-29 who watch “New Girl”
Eww! From Jimmy Fallon Late Night
entangled (still good)
battle stations, go down in flames
from NFL “thug”
from politics “red meat elements”
from media “herding goats”
random net surfing “cyberloafing”
Verbal Tics? … “I just want you to know”…
“reversion to mean”
“fat finger trade”
anthropocene era-The Lost World
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.
goggle gap-when your ski goggles don’t reach the helmet
chicken head-bobbing your head to music
“If you don’t schmooze you lose”
“hug it out”
“boil the ocean”
(something hard to do)
–worry, fear and anxiety, concern etc–
From “The World According to Garp”
–snipping melodies from another song–
high altitude vision
“He’s a dog you don’t leave on the porch”
Texas proverb about someone who is hard to control.
A blundering person; a bungler: scattershot.
comment by Mark Leibovich talking about the Washington gold rush in his book “This Town”.
“this side of the grass” , Fempire
“hair on fire”, secret sauce, “drinking through a fire hose”, “dog that caught the bus”
conundrum, “Q” score
taper (as in FED easing), translational medicine (understand clinical implications earlier in drug discovery)
squirrely, disruptive, “on its heels”, “macro tourists”, “hard wire”, “overplay their hand”
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”
flyover, artisanal, give color, OK
e.g. doubledown, guru, superfood, spoiler alert etc
over their skis
“painting the tape”
“good for you”
“Above the Rim”
New Buzzwords 2/28/12
Technology Loop (from Portlandia)
Take a knee
WORD of the Day: Vaporized
MFnGlobal customer funds were vaporized.
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
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
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
robust best practice
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
team landscaped vacuumed
compelling loose cannon*
grab-bag bit rate
convergence shots on goal
raising the bar* land grab
workaround ebb and flow
switch gears morph
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
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
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
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
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.
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.