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The Buzzword Dictionary: 1,000 Phrases Translated from Pompous to English (How America Speaks series) [Paperback]

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Item description for The Buzzword Dictionary: 1,000 Phrases Translated from Pompous to English (How America Speaks series) by John Walston...

Pompous jargon pervades English these days, from corporate speak to silly legalisms. This lighthearted look at how English is being mangled reveals the underlying meaning, as well as the attitudes behind the meaning, of more than 1,000 buzzwords. Readers will discover that "learning opportunity" isa nice way of saying"mistake;" a"lawn mullet" is a yard that's neatly trimmed out front but growing long in the back; and a "meanderthal" is someonewho has a hard time getting to the point when telling a story. Accompanied by 15 illustrated cartoons, this comical look at language shows howcombining words can give way to new meanings.

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Pages   230
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 5" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Marion Street Press, Inc.
ISBN  1933338075  
ISBN13  9781933338071  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Walston is a former deputy managing editor at "USA Today," a former editorial director at United Press International, and a former executive editor at "The News Journal" in Wilmington, Delaware. He is also the creator of and a senior group-publisher for one of the largest business-to-business newsletter companies in the U.S. He lives in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

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the buzz on the buzzword dictionary   Dec 28, 2006
The Buzzword Dictionary is fun to read. The book not only serves a reminder that English is a dynamic, evolving language but that the electronic age is helping to ignite a crush of new words, such as "cyberslackers." (People who spend office time cruising the web to shop, play games or otherwise not work.)
Cartoons nicely illustrate and amplify the theme -- we're overun with new words and phrases, some imaginative ("smotherage" -- media overkill), some witty ("OT-mail" -- unnecessary email sent to the boss to time-stamp how late the sender worked); some just goofy ("fritterware" -- software that adds little to productivity.)
Fun to Read  Sep 17, 2006
In a world of buzzwords it's nice to have a dictionary that pokes fun at them. You can pick this book up and open it to any page and just start laughing.
Dilbert Meets Dictonary  Sep 13, 2006
The Buzzword Dictionary

I wouldn't believe this book if I hadn't just walked out of a meeting where a presenter said "dub, dub, dub" instead of "www" as he began giving an address for a Web site. But right after that meeting, I picked up "The Buzzword Dictionary" and looked up "dub, dub, dub." There it is, in all its glory. There also were 999 other words or phrases from the Instant Message world -- or Dilbert. The author translates them into language that even I understand! Try "negative profit." That means a loss. Or "potentialize," defined as "striving for maximum potential." Which this book helps those of us "WFH," working from home, allowing us "information touchpoints."

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