Tag Archives: Urban Dictionary

Fwittering

30 Apr

A couple of weeks ago, I joined the league of people who tweet away.

It started as an exercise in educating myself to figure out what the 140-character-microblogging syndrome was all about. And to see if it could be put to any productive use because it seemed like an addictive distraction. Some of it is useful – especially if you follow NYT, Economist, Wired, O’Reilly, GigaOm, Guy Kawasaki and a few real-life acquaintances who aren’t busy tweeting about inane stuff like going to the loo or listing out what they ate for breakfast (before they went to the loo)! And it could be more useful if Maruti Suzuki evolved its Traffic Beat service from FM radio to Twitter to tell people which roads to avoid in real time, or if a helpful Jat could update others on shops that still stock beer in Delhi/Gurgaon when the temperature’s hitting 43 Celsius and there’s no Kingfisher to be found nearby…or even the best deals on veggies in the morning (why does Pizza Hut insist on wasting paper slipping in offers into newspapers?).

But, yes, Twitter can be addictive and distracting. In this multi-tasking era of hyperactive thumb-texting, it’s a fad worth considering only if you don’t get carried away: interestingly, a research reports that over 60% of Twitter users drop out after the first month.

On a particularly distracted day – alternating between Facebook and Twitter and between their web and mobile versions – I realised how unproductive life could be. Which is how the term fwittering was coined and submitted as entry no. 13 to Urban Dictionary: ‘a verb which describes the act of frittering away valuable time between Facebook and Twitter by posting status updates or tweets on both.’

No pun intended but go thumb it on UD.

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Womandatory

29 Mar

This one’s not just about entry no. 12 in Urban Dictionary… it’s about a few friends as well.

To start with, it’s about Abhijit Pradhan who was a colleague twice over – in two different organisations – and is one of the few people I know who turned a passion into a means of livelihood.

I met him, after a hiatus of a few weeks last Friday, and our conversation turned towards the Microsoft Corporate Challenge where I was fortunate to lead two of the finest teams I’ve ever had. The first in Goa in 2005, the next at Hua-Hin in Thailand in 2007 – and we came third in the inaugural event and second in the 2007 one! I happened to be telling him about the sheer brilliance of the concept, the organisation of the event, the fact that it is arguably the most powerful team-building tool I’ve come across and that it’s mandatory to have at least two women in a team of seven (the inaugural event had one woman in a team of six)… that’s when he quipped “not mandatory, but womandatory!”.

So, this entry to Urban Dictionary is dedicated to Abhijit.

And to Manjula, who made the first year’s triumph possible. As well as to Anupa and Arti who powered us to the runner’s-up position in the last event (sadly, the Microsoft Corporate Challenge doesn’t have a sponsor today, so the Hua Hin one was the last).

It should be womandatory to have more women around…

Galbum

26 Mar

Another Urban Dictionary entry and this one’s courtesy Garima whose id it is somewhere…

The word is Galbum; it refers to a girl’s album on Flickr; and not her rear 🙂

Go, thumb it!

OUTRAIG

24 Mar

Okay, so AIG’s been a bit obtuse and sent Obama and Co. into another tizzy.

More important, it’s led to an OUTRAIG: Public anger directed at corporations like AIG which blow up taxpayers’ funds for self-gain… go thumb it on Urban Dictionary.

(By the way, Lehman Sisters had made it to the Word of the Day on March 20; but it does look like it’s disliked more than it’s loved! Which is also okay I guess – at least it evoked a response.)

Cheers!

Scampaigns

19 Mar

In 2003, I left not just the advertising agency that had been home for 16 years, but also the industry. And I’ve watched award parades turn into painful charades, with a handful of agencies fighting like children to win trophies for campaigns that get published in obscure media for non-existent brands.

One part of the advertising industry calls them scams. I thought I’d call them scampaigns – and tried my luck on Urban Dictionary. Now, it’s entry number nine in there 🙂

Mumble-Jumble

12 Mar

When one half of your team operates out of the US and starts work around the time you’re supposed to be logging out, the better part of your evenings is usually spent on trans-continental conference calls. Doing serious business, negotiating royalty payments, running through presentations on an hour-long phone call takes some getting used to, but once you’ve figured it out, it can be fun as well.

Sometimes, the team at one end of the call goes into a huddle discussing something that just can’t be deciphered by the other party. This happened earlier this week, prompting me to create ‘mumble-jumble‘: Intense mumbling that some people do in a conference-call when they start discussing something at one end, oblivious of the fact that it can’t be heard – or understood – by participants at the other end.

And, like always, I submitted it to Urban Dictionary… where it now rests, waiting to be voted. Go, thumb it!

Jobsolence

3 Mar

Every day, one reads of jobs disappearing by the thousands as entire companies/industries/countries go under… that’s what led to the creation of Jobsolence on, where else but… Urban Dictionary.