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."
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


Vapor 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
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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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. "We'll vector that up to the operations unit right away."
Suggested by Kelly B.
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Velvet lip [n.]A gift for smooth talking. "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 meeting [n.]An unfortunate derivative of 'town hall meeting', this is a relatively small meeting held by relatively 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. "Keep your afternoon clear for a visioning session with the project leads."
Suggested by Sarah.
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Voldis [n.]Volume discount. "What kind of voldis are we talking at 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