Fun & Games
New words for 2008
Essential vocabulary additions for today
An office filled with cubicles
When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people’s heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.
A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, messes on everything and then leaves.
The experience of spending a day swimming upstream.
The on-line, wired generation’s answer to the couch potato.
Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls and subdivisions.
The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
Spoofy measurement conversions
Unofficial measures and their equivalents
• Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo pi
• 2,000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
• 1 millionth mouthwash = 1 microscope
• Speed of a tortoise breaking the sound barrier = Mach turtle
• 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it’s less filling = 1 lite year
• 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling
• Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon
• 1,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
• Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
• Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower
• Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line
• Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond
• A half bathroom = 1 demijohn
• 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
• The first step of a one-mile journey = 1 Milwaukee
• 1 million microphones = 1 megaphone
• 1 million bicycles = 2 megacycles