Office Linguistics

unicorn, noun, yoo-ni-kawrn : A resource shared across a number of projects, consequently unlikely to successfully complete work on any of them. “Six unicorns were put on this job. It’s never gonna launch. Never.”

iceberg, verb, ahys-burg : To be assigned an apparently simple project which has to be started from scratch several times because of its unforeseen complexity. “You got totally iceberg’d on that one.” See also, Ikea’d.

spread shit, noun, spred-shit : From the root spreadsheet, meaning “a work sheet that is arranged in the manner of a mathematical matrix and contains a multicolumn analysis of related entries for easy reference on a single sheet.” ‘Spread shit’ describes any source of widely distributed and frequently used faulty or unnecessarily complex data. The word originally sources from a grammatical error but has received immediate and general adoption.

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One Comment on “Office Linguistics”

  1. Pete D.
    December 9, 2007 at 8:20 pm #

    So that’s where “spreadsheet” came from; the whole concept makes so much more sense to me now.

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