Tuesday, 6 January 2009


You come across them all the time, they are now a part of everyday speech, but; what do they mean?

My non-favourite is- Socio-economic groups, which means what? It is used to describe a portion of society, usually the poor. Alternative word-POOR.

Economic downturn: a favourite of politicians and TV presenters who are too afraid to say “recession”.

Subprime: Which apparently is a loan with a higher interest rate than “normal” loans, normally given to “socio economic groups” the POOR.

Webinar: A live, online educational presentation that has questions and comments from “viewers”- Meeting.

Pretexting: presenting oneself as someone else to obtain private information. (Or in other words “identity theft”, deception or fraud).

Boustrophedon: written from right-to-left and left-to-right on alternate lines. A pontless word and a pointless action.

Idea showers: What the F?


Low hanging fruit: Used by people with low hanging knuckles.

Conversate: or to us talk.

Texted: Sent a text.

And,if you join the pontless words up you get pointless sayings.

“Opposites attract”

“A win-win situation”

“Thing's will look better in the morning”

“It’s too cold to snow”

“Hair of the dog”

“From the get-go”?

These are “Doctor speak” words that are used to show how intelligent they are and we aren’t.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis: yes this is a word and is basically pneumoconiosis-a lung condition caused by the inhalation of fine dust particles.

Sternutation: Sneezing.

Abalation– the removal of an organ or body-part through surgery.

Excitotoxicity: To do with attention deficit disorder to full blown autism.

There are of course some amusing sayings.

Macho Law forbids me from admitting I'm wrong.

I'm not tense. Just terribly, terribly alert.

If you can stay calm, while all around you is chaos.....then you probably haven't completely understood the seriousness of the situation.

Plagiarism saves time

If at first you don't succeed, try management.

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.

Aim Low, Reach Your Goals, Avoid Disappointment.

I started the day confused and I am still confused.

The word politics is derived from the word “poly” meaning many and the word “ticks” meaning bloodsucking parasites.
Larry Hardiman



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Last post logged in with SJFs ID - just placed your post up :) and edited it. SJF will be back this weekend to do more!

Socioeconomic - epidemiology word. Bit like a medical word but its not really :) Its used in epidemiology studies apparently. Us medics have to use terms like that to sound like we are above the rest of the world - when we arent really.