18 January, 2016
All this week I'll be hosting the arvo shift on 774ABC Melbourne, nestled between 1 and 3. If you get a chance, tune in, and you may catch Sue Butler of the Macquarie Dictionary, or the grrl power behind Linguistics Roadshow, or a sports psychologist, or a Brazilian clown doctor, or a pub-trivia champ, or a therapist trained in helping cancer patients refind their voice.... and loads more. Should be a packed week.
Meanwhile, to offer a fresh Storm idea, treat yourselves to these succulent morsels of modern office slang. (The stuff of this week's Wordplay column.) If you'd like to explore more, try Matthew Irwin's Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary. Meanwhile, savour these:
BOILING THE OCEAN - Attempting to do something with too broad a scope
CHAINSAW CONSULTANT – One hired to do the dirty work at lay-off time
COMPLIMENT SANDWICH - criticism delivered between two compliments
DECEPTIONIST - receptionist who delays or block potential visitors
DECRUIT - fire
DRINK FROM THE FIREHOSE – to be overwhelmed with information
MEERKATTING - peeking over one's office cubicle
PHONE SHUI - adjusting your phone to find a signal.
PHOTOX - Improving one's face in a using photo editing software.
ROLLING THE TORTOISE - Increasing resources to fast-track a slow project.
STEALTH PARENTING - Running errands for your kids after telling your boss that you have a business obligation
TWO COMMA - Anything that costs over $1,000,000
VULTURE CAPITALIST - Investors who helps to liquidate the remaining assets of failed companies
Wreck chaos with the coinages - wordplay & definition. And catch some airwaves if you can. (You may even decipher the secret theme of songs...)