The Buzzword Dictionary: 1,000 Phrases Translated from Pompous to English

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Marion Street Press, Sep 1, 2006 - Humor - 224 pages
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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" is a 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 someone who has a hard time getting to the point when telling a story. Accompanied by 15 illustrated cartoons, this comical look at language shows how combining words can give way to new meanings.

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
11
Section 3
13
Section 4
22
Section 5
39
Section 6
57
Section 7
75
Section 8
82
Section 15
120
Section 16
125
Section 17
136
Section 18
140
Section 19
146
Section 20
162
Section 21
170
Section 22
190

Section 9
83
Section 10
92
Section 11
101
Section 12
108
Section 13
116
Section 14
117
Section 23
202
Section 24
205
Section 25
212
Section 26
220
Section 27
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Copyright

About the author (2006)

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 BuzzWhack.com 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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