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    The New “Office”

    By kyle | April 18, 2012

    There’s a funny show on BBC2 that’s sort of like “The Office” with MBAs all around. It’s a satire of corporate buzzwords set against an organizing committee for the London Olympics. The show is called Twenty Twelve, and according to The Sun (I couldn’t find it online) such phrases as “It’s virtually a virtual front door” are catching on. Some other cute neologisms:

    assmosis: gaining success by kissing up to the boss.
    mucus trooper: sickly co-worker who insists on showing up for work when he shouldn’t.
    mouse potato: someone who spends all day surfing the Web instead of working.
    thought grenade: explosively good idea.
    FUD: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Use as verb to influence perception by releasing negative info.
    wombat: staff member who is a waste of money, brains and time.
    seagull manager: boss who swoops in, craps on everything, then leaves.
    boss-spasming: lurching into action to try to look busy when the boss appears.
    flawsome: Brands that are honest about their flaws, making them appear more human.
    SoLoMo: Social, Local, and Mobile.
    Likeonomics: that people want to do business with brands they like.
    blamestorming: meeting where you try to find someone to blame for your mistakes.

    Topics: Comedy | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “The New “Office””

    1. Patrick Wahl Says:
      April 19th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      I think Obama will spend a good part of the next 6 months doing the last one.