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Assmosis – The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

Batmobiling – putting up emotional shields. Refers to the retracting armor that covers the Batmobile as in “she started talking marriage and he started batmobiling”

Blamestorming – A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.

Egosurfing – Scanning the Net, databases, etc., for one’s own name

Irritainment – Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying, but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime example.

Keyboard Plaque– The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on some people’s computer keyboards.

Perot – To quit unexpectedly. “My cellular phone just perot’ed.”

SITCOMs – What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids. “Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage”

Umfriend – One with whom one has a sexual relationship; as in, “this is Dale, my…um…friend.”

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

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