The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary: E-words

Do you wonder where your co-workers picked up all the ridiculous things they say? From fresh-faced interns to top management, everyone drops one of these gems occasionally. We can only hope that you're not here to actually add buzzwords to your vocabulary.

Ear candy [n.]Flattery.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Ear job [n.]The act of passing on some juicy company gossip verbally, and in private. "I'm just running into a meeting, but I'll give you an ear job later."
Suggested by Randi H.
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Easy mark [n.]A person that is not difficult to cheat.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Eat a reality sandwich [exp.]An 'action' necessary when one's ideas are completely inappropriate for the given situation. "I can't believe your last suggestion. You better eat a reality sandwich before you walk back in that boardroom."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter


Eat drink sleep [v.]Complete and total dedication to a role. "…but my real passion is market segmentation. I eat drink and sleep analytics."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Eat the frog [v.]To complete an unpleasant job that has been well procrastinated. "Just eat the frog and get on with it!"
Suggested by Emma-Dawn L.
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Econometrics [n.]Known by consultants to be the act of simply plugging numbers into a pre-made spreadsheet, yet externally marketed (to those who won't ask detailed questions) as a highly scientific analytic modeling exercise performed by economists and industry-specific experts.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Economical with the truth [adj.]An aggravating euphemism for lying. "My esteemed colleague may not in fact realize he is being economical with the truth!!"Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Ego surfing [v.]Searching the web for references to yourself. Come on, you know you've tried it.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Eighty-six [v.]To dispose of. "We have to eighty-six these documents or we'll all be crucified."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Elephants [n.]Large investment groups that tend to move together.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Eleventh hour [exp.]The last moment.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Empty suits [n.]Unthinking middle management.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Enabler [n.]Something that must be in place before something else can occur.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Enail [n.]An email sent for the sole purpose of making a point in writing, usually at another person's expense. Most effective when cc'ed to as many senior people as possible.
Suggested by Ian C.
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Enculturate [v.]To make something part of daily office life.
Suggested by Mike B.
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Enthuse [v.]To inspire enthusiasm (or attempt to). "I'm still looking for a way to enthuse the new hires."
Suggested by Andy P.
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Entremanure [n.]A self employed risk-taker that can't catch a break. Everything he touches turns to sh*t.
Suggested by Erin S.
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EPON [n.]Endless Pit Of Need. A colleague who continually seeks support for their ongoing personal and professional problems.
Suggested by M. Schroeder.
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Evangelize [v.]To promote a product with the enthusiasm of a true believer. "We need distributors to evangelize the new line in the local markets."
Suggested by Nicky T.
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Even dead cats bounce [exp.]Even worthless things can rise in value again.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Exploding offer [n.]A job offer that expires after a certain date.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Extract the max [v.]To achieve the highest level of productivity possible while directing a group of people. "I hope my management style will extract the max from each and every one of you."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Extrapediately [adv.]Faster than ASAP and quicker than STAT, this made-up word is saved for when a task must be accomplished almost instantaneously.
Suggested by CM & JC.
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Extraview [n.]A second interview you feel obliged to hold even though the position has already been filled. Can also be scheduled when the candidate is just so damn hot.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter


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