If you've ever had a conversation with a tragically hip person and walked away wondering what the heck half the things they said mean, you understand how frustrating it is not knowing the coolest slang and lingo. It makes you feel old, unworldly, and out of the loop. How can you stay on top of your game? I am a fan of initiating jargon into conversations and using it until the people around me catch up. If you're interested in gaining some new office slang consider using geeky computer terms in casual conversation.
For example if you meet a cute associate at an office function and your co-worker asks if you are going to call them you can always be elusive and say you are going to "bookmark" that person for later. Not everyone wants to commit to speed dial after one meet and greet, right?
For a list of Office Slang you should know,
404 - Someone who is clueless. From the Web error message, “404 Not Found,” which means the document requested couldn’t be located. “Don’t bother asking Britney. She’s totally 404 and can't help it.”
Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an office or work group. “I dunno, ask geeksugar. She's the alpha geek around here.”
Blamestorming - A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible. "I don't want to Blamestorm or anything, but can we talk about what Fergie's stylist should have been thinking."
Chip Jewelry - Old computers destined to be scrapped or turned into decoration. “That piece of junk would function better as a statue."
Chips and Salsa - Chips = hardware, salsa = software. “First we gotta figure out if the problem’s in your chips or your salsa.”
Cube Farm - An office filled with cubicles. "I have to get out of this Cube Farm and take a walk around the block."