The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary: V-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.

Value proposition [n.]The collection of tangible and intangible things that your product offers.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Value stream [n.]The full set of processes through which a product passes over its lifespan. Some add value, while others take it away.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Value-add [exp.]A typical biz-speak reversal of 'added value.' "We have to evaluate the value-add of this activity before we drop any more money into it."
Suggested by Fred D.
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Vanilla [adj.]Simple, conservative. "Stop being so vanilla and help me shred these documents."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter


Vaporware [n.]1) Overhyped software that misses a promised release date so many times that even die-hard fanboys lose interest.
2) A tactic used by salesman to sidestep your complaints by selling you the (nonexistent) next version of their product.
Suggested by Jacada.
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Vapour trail [n.]What follows behind a coworker that uses far too much perfume or cologne. Someone should really say something...Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Veal pen [n.]A cubicle. So how tender do you think you are at this point?Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Vector [v.]Move. That's it, just move. "We'll vector that up to the operations unit right away."
Suggested by Kelly B.
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Velvet lip [n.]The ability to divert attention away from unpleasant situations, production numbers, or sales figures. "Who's that new PR guy with the velvet lip?"Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Verbiage [n.]Descriptive writing. "Here's the outline for our strategy in the coming fiscal year... we'll fill in the verbiage later."
Suggested by Corinna S.
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Verbification [v.]See verbing.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Verbing [v.]The process of transforming an innocent noun into a business verb.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Village hall [n.]An unfortunate derivative of 'Town hall', this is a relatively small meeting held by middle management. The same pretense of open discussion applies.
Suggested by Dave
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Visibility to [n.]Access to information about a given subject. "I can't give you visibility to unpublished earnings data."
Suggested by Angela
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Vision [n.]The bold leadership direction that every manager claims, even if it changes every two weeks.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Visioning [v.]Meeting to plan future directions (also used in place of 'brainstorming' by those who keep their jargon fresh). "Keep your afternoon clear for a visioning session with the project leads."
Suggested by Sarah.
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Visual noise [n.]A condition wherein a workspace is so cluttered that the employee cannot think clearly about anything or respond to simple requests for information. "This collection of visual noise you call a cubicle is a barrier to productivity."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Voldis [n.]Volume discount. "What kind of voldis can you give me if I order 1000 units?"Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Voluntold [v.]Volunteered for something by a superior, when there was really no choice in the matter.
Suggested by Leesy.
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Vubicle [n.]A cubicle that abuts a window; a cubicle with a view. When offices aren't available, it's the little things that help managers feel superior.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Vulture capitalists [n.]Ruthless investors that typically wait to help liquidate the remaining assets of failed companies.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter


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