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Neologisms, Part 2: The Key
Published
1997, October (February 23, 2007)
By Gina Caldanaro, Co-Chair of the Job Bank

Read Neologisms Part 1: The Fun With Words.

For those of you that are still baffled by last month's article, here is the key to all the neologisms used:

betamaxed
When a technology is overtaken in the market by inferior but better marketed competition, as in "Microsoft betamaxed Apple right out of the market."

blowing your buffer
Losing your train of thought.

carbon community
The physical world (as opposed to the virtual). Also facetime, F2F, and meatspace.

cobweb
A Web site that never changes.

cubeville
A collection of cubicles in a large, open area.

cyberspace
The online world of computer networks.

generica
Fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions, as in "we were so lost in generica that I couldn't remember what city it was."

going postal
Totally stressed out and losing it like postal employees who went on shooting rampages.

high dome
Egghead, scientist, Ph.D.

percussive maintenance
The fine art of whacking a device to get it working.

prairie-dogging
In companies where everyone has a cubicle something happens and everyone pops up to look.

salmon day
Swimming upstream all day to get messed up in the end.

siliwood
The coming convergence of movies, interactive TV, and computers.

square-headed boyfriend (girlfriend)
Computer.

treeware
Manuals and documentation.

world wide wait
World Wide Web (WWW).

yuppie food coupons
Twenty dollar bills from an ATM.


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