Skip Nav
Geek Culture
Break the Internet With These 50+ Clever Costumes
Digital Life
Here Are the Emoji Pumpkin Templates of Your Dreams
Geek Culture
49 Free Templates For the Coolest Jack-o'-Lantern on the Block

Office Slang: K-P

For those of you who haven't been following my series on office slang that I think should to be incorporated into everyday vocabulary, welcome. For those of you who have been tuning in, welcome back.

The word of today is "Mouse Potato," which describes our culture's transcendence from TV addicts to internet addicts. For example: "I spent all of Sunday sitting at my desk being a Mouse Potato, so I really need to go to the gym and get out in the world today."

For other noteworthy office terms you should know,

Keyboard Plaque - The nasty buildup of dirt, food particles and dust found on some people’s computer keyboards. "I really need to find the can of dry air because I've got a terrible case of Keyboard Plaque."

Mouse Potato - The online generation’s answer to the couch potato. "I spent all of Sunday sitting at my desk being a Mouse Potato, so I really need to go to the gym and get out in the world today."

Ohnosecond - That tiny fraction of time during which you realize you’ve just made a terrible error. "It only took an Ohnosecond for me to notice I'd left a piece of tinfoil in the microwave."

Open-Collar Workers - People who work at home or telecommute. "Sometimes I wish I was an Open-Collar Worker so I could wear PJs and no one would know!"

Percussive Maintenance - The art of whacking the heck out of an electronic device to get it to work again. "Sometimes when the printer doesn't work I perform a little percussive maintenance on it and it gets right into shape."

Plug-and-Play - A new hire who doesn’t require training. “That new girl is great and so self motivated. She's completely plug-and-play.”

Prairie Dogging - When something loud happens in a cube farm, causing heads to pop up over the walls trying to see what’s going on. "Marsha is all about Prairie Dogging. Every time Brady performs his goofy stunts she starts popping up to try and get in on the action."

For additional tips, visit Office Slang.

snikerdoodle snikerdoodle 7 years
These are great! But I would avoid using Prairie Dogging...for anyone who's seen Rat Race it brings to mind a very different image!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
WOW new lingo! are these for real???
haute-kitty haute-kitty 10 years
love the slang... it's hilarious... i work with people all a lot older than me and I so want to get them saying this stuff! lol :-p
poetess poetess 10 years
cute jargon.
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
i have ohnohours :D
suvana suvana 10 years
All these (plus preceding) are taken from the Jargon File... been around for years :)
daiane daiane 10 years
love the mouse potatoe, it's excellent!!!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
:ROTFL: I love this set, I can identify with all of them! That Ohnosecond will get you every time.
From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds