From our friends across the ocean.
Like this bloke, Jordan James.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
n.,1. the act of shunning all potential information outlets (radio, television, I-Phone, BlackBerry, other human beings) so as to keep the outcome of a "TiVo-ed" sporting event a mystery and be able to resume its viewing at any time.
(As excerpted from http://bloggybiz.com)
Actually 12, because I am writing the damn list and I had to include one of my own (No. 12). And I really, really like No. 11, even though it's not business-related.
12. Bauer it: v.t., to do something with a ruthless, business-like, Machiavellian efficiency; inspired by Jack Bauer, the fictional protagonist of the FOX tv series 24, in which he has trained and worked in various capacities as a government agent, including US Army, Delta Force, LAPD SWAT and with the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU). Within the 24 storyline, Bauer is a key member of the CTU, saving both civilians and government leaders. but often at great personal expense
11.Narcissurfing: Spending a lot of time on the Internet to see how often your name appears and what others are saying about you. Its another way of saying ‘Googling yourself,’ although a narcissurfer does it on a daily basis. (from Tom Chandler at the Copywriter Undergound)
10. Spaghetti marketing: To spend marketing dollars randomly without a clear plan, much like throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks. (from Tom Chandler at the Copywriter Undergound)
9. Hypertasking: While we’re frequently forced to multitask just to keep up at work, hypertasking is a choice for those who thrive on doing more than one thing at a time. A hypertasker combines many tasks into one in order to experience more. He may exercise, play tourist and conduct business at the same time by riding his bike through the Blue Ridge Mountains while running a business meeting via his wireless headset. (from Tom Chandler at the Copywriter Undergound)
8. Phenomeniche: A marketing phenomenon that appeals to a small niche. Example: Trading Spaces, the TV series. While not a sweeping global phenomenon, it is the undisputed titan of one modest patch of pop-culture.(from Tom Chandler at the Copywriter Undergound)
7. Leveraging our assets: This probably meant something once, but today EVERY COMPANY seems to leverage its assets. Doesn't it make sense that a company would put its resources, whether it's money, location or talent, to best use in order to make a profit (from buzzwhack.com)
6. Permalancer: A permanent freelancer. A person originally hired on a contract basis, but now essentially a full-timer (though without the perks and benefits of a full-time employee). (from WordSpy)
5. Dotsam: The Internet's wasteland of abandoned Web sites, Hotmail accounts, blogs, wikis, MySpace pages, etc., that their creators have ignored for months/years -- but are still accessible on the Web. (from buzzwhack.com)
4. PowerPoint Ranger: seen in Doonesbury; also, PowerPoint Ranger is a derogatory term for a desk-bound bureaucrat more adept at making slides than tossing grenades." ( from Blog About Town)
3. Below Zeros: This is a marketing term, not a temperature. They’re customers who cost more to serve than they return in value. Example: A customer who ties up a salesperson for 45 minutes while trying on 14 pairs of Gucci shoes, then buys a six-pack of tube socks for $1.98, complains about the price and walks out. Also known as BZs. (from Tom Chandler at the Copywriter Undergound)
2. blamestorming: a group process where participants analyze a failed project and look for scapegoats other than themselves (from Buzzwhack.com)
1. bacn: Impersonal e-mail such as alerts, newsletters and automated reminders that are nearly as annoying as "spam" but which one has chosen to receive. (Time Magazine's 2007 Lists)
An uncircumcised penis. The animal's tapered head resembles a penis with an intact foreskin.
“Cakes was money after having two kids, but when the third came along, his life got totally Avril Lavigned.”
A documented record, kept by Cakes, of the frequent wagers between the Junkies that take place during the show.
To be disdainful of or dissatisfied with a situation.
"She was bitter I didn't stay at home and watch the kids."
To make a mistake; this is also used to reference a verbal error or factual confusion, in which case the inaccuracy may be documented in a “Botch Book.”, a known annoyance to listeners.
Very, extremely; usually used as a prefix, e.g., Butt-trifling
Saturday, December 29, 2007
- garish, tacky color schemes (linens, tables, etc.)
- unattractive, outmoded bridesmaid apparel (usually including taffetta, some shoulder pad action and large, poofy "butt bows")
- Cheap and poorly-designed floral arrangements
" ... There is no law that says their dresses have to match exactly, or that their dresses have to match flowers, table linens, and ribbons on the favors. Try for a palette of complimentary colors rather than trying to present everything from the corsages to the mints in one or two precisely matching colors." -- an anonymous post on the Catholic Answers Forum
Posted by David Gignilliat at Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Resolutions or the process of making resolutions that everyone else around you (and possibly even yourself) know will fail to either take flight, or in somecases even move an inch from their original starting place. The most common examples being: stop smoking/losing weight/eating better/giving up crack ...
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year 2007
Thousands of you took part in the search for Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2007, and the vast majority of you chose a small word that packs a pretty big punch. The word you've selected hasn't found its way into a regular Merriam-Webster dictionary yet—but its inclusion in our online Open Dictionary, along with the top honors it's now been awarded—might just improve its chances. This year's winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t ("leet," or "elite") speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. Although the double "o" in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for "we owned the other team"—again stemming from the gaming community.
Merriam-Webster's #1 Word of the Year for 2007 based on votes from visitors to our Web site:
1. w00t (interjection)
expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word "yay"
w00t! I won the contest!
Submitted by: Kat from Massachusetts on Nov. 30, 2005 23:18
Click on each of the other words in the Top Ten List for their definitions in either Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary or Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary:
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Professional football is filled with arcane words and phrases. Read a sports story, watch an NFL game on tv or just look at the play calls on Madden 2008 and you’re bound to find a lexicon that is as distinctive as any other professional sport.
As fans gear up for an exciting round of playoffs, I propose we christen the NFL’s second season with some fresh words to add to our football vocabulary.
The Dead Zone: Pinning your opponent inside his own five-yard line
XP Calculus: The algorithm used by NFL coaching staffs to decide whether it is an optimal to attempt a two-point conversion or go for an extra point.
Can-pan: a blatant cheerleader cleavage shot done by some randy network cameraman
War Sheet: laminated sheet used by sideline coaches to call plays during the game
Pigskin prayer circle: The impromptu phalanx of players that gather for prayer and reflection after the conclusion of each NFL game
Flag-chucking (-er): The melodramatic, emphatic toss of a red challenge flag by a head coach after a particularly questionable call
Mistrickeration: An extremely poorly designed and executed gadget play
Slipsnap: A snapped ball that inadvertently goes over the head of a punter or kicker, usually resulting in a safety, change of possession or the complete embarrassment for the punter as he tries to recover with the ball
Footernity: The unspoken bond between kickers and punters
Expatriate: a former New England assistant coach who has gone on to a head coaching gig in the college or pro ranks
Prattle tales: The idle, inane anecdotes shared by play-by-play announcers and color commentators during “dead spots’ of a particularly lopsided or boring game
The Gibbs Effect: The religious-like stature HOF Coach Joe Gibbs has among Redskins faithful
Salisbury Stakes: Frequent guarantees or ultra-assertive statements by ESPN studio analyst Sean Salisbury
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
v.t., to do something with ruthless, calculated, Machiavellian efficiency; inspired by Jack Bauer, the fictional protagonist of the FOX tv series 24, in which he has trained and worked in various capacities as a government agent, including US Army, Delta Force, LAPD SWAT and with the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU). Within the 24 storyline, Bauer is a key member of the CTU, saving both civilians and government leaders. but often at great personal expense
"A tornado of humanity would not stop John from catching the foul ball. Nor would a toddler with a glove. Nobody would stop him. 40 or not, he was going to Bauer it ..."
- Jack Bauer: If you don't tell me what I want to know, then it'll just be a question of how much you want it to hurt.
- Jack Bauer: The only reason that you're conscious right now is because I don't want to carry you.
- Jack Bauer: I'm gonna need a hacksaw
- Jack Bauer: That's the problem with people like you, George. You want results, but you never want to get your hands dirty. I'd start rolling up your sleeves.
n., 1. the physical and emotional sensation experienced after the release of urine from the body, usually after a prolonged delay between restroom visits.
2. an instance of experiencing this.
3. intense or unrestrained pee-related excitement.
4. an instance or occurrence of such excitement.
"Rick was doing fine for the first 30 minutes of our drive to Pennsylvania. Things got worse quickly, however, and we eventually had to pull off the Turnpike to go to a gas station. A dead sprint to the urinal narrowly avoided a calamitous outcome. Instead, Rick experienced one of the most profound urgasms that he could remember."
N., the act (almost always by a female) to move long ringlets of hair into a more manageable area of the body, usually done in a "c" motion around the outer ear; done especially while dancing as an enticement to a male suitor
See also come-hither feather
"Though it seemed like a good idea at the time, Jake's beer-addled 4:00 a.m. trip to the Waffle House for something scattered and smothered ended up as a complete idiodyssey"
Posted by David Gignilliat at Tuesday, December 25, 2007
n., the proprieties of conduct as established by cigarette smokers worldwide; the prescribed or accepted code of nicotine usage in matters of ceremony, including but not limited to the following activities (properly "packing" cigarettes, bumming cigarettes, borrowing lighters, smoking indoors, etc.)
"Jordan demonstrated his usual cigaretiquette when he offered a light to the fetching lady across the bar."
Monday, December 24, 2007
Posted by David Gignilliat at Monday, December 24, 2007
n., A nimble sapient creature, exclusive to the restaurant industry, that can effortlessly carry many plates at once without dropping a morsel of food or drink; usually done with much elan through a busy restaurant without a hint of worry
as originally published on MockDraftCentral.Com
As the smoke slowly clears from the explosive Mitchell Report and baseball detoxes its game during a turbulent offseason, it will soon be time for preparation for the 2008 fantasy baseball season. After all, everything begins anew each year in baseball. New players will join new teams. New rookies and sleepers will rise into the consciousness of fantasy owners. New trash will be talked and new crow will be eaten. New leagues will be joined and new draft sheets will be reviewed. New fantasy titles will be won and defended. In the spirit of novelty and rebirth, I propose some new words and phrases to be introduced into the fantasy baseball lexicon in 2008.
Subcultural Literacy: The uncanny ability for grown men to initiate intelligent insightful conversations with complete strangers in random places (in a bar, gym, toilet stall, in line at the bank, … or basically anywhere in front of television) about fantasy baseball
Feel free to e-mail me any of your own “fantasy baseball” invented slang. Or if you have better words or phrases to describe the ones I listed above, send ‘em in.
I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, that is, when I am not tele-statting or simultracking.
Quixotica is a recent writing project I have decided to start for 2008. If there is anything I enjoy unequivocally, it is the clever turn of a phrase. Nearly every day, it seems I encounter a situation, circumstance or occurrence that that needs a name, ... but lacks the appropriate (and unique) word or phrase to describe it.
Inspired by the legendary Don Quixote de la Mancha (and his sidekick Sancho Panza), this blog is devoted to the creation of new words and phrases, ... the chasing of word windmills.
quix·ot·ic (kwĭk-sŏt'ĭk) Pronunciation Key adj.
Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
Capricious; impulsive: "At worst his scruples must have been quixotic, not malicious"
[adj] -- not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic;
"as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood"
"a romantic disregard for money"
"a wild-eyed dream of a world state"
Synonyms: impractical, romantic, wild-eyed
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly
chivalric; apt to be deluded.
"Feats of quixotic gallantry.'' --Prescott.
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