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Buzzwords: The Jargon of the 1990s by John…

Buzzwords: The Jargon of the 1990s

by John Davis

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"Every job has its own jargon - ever changing and designed to keep amateurs in the dark. Now, with Buzzwords, you can catch the true meanings behind the outrageous terms used by doctors, morticians, salespeople, and others who drop the polite act when they think you're not listening." "Overhead in a dentist's office: "Hey, Marge! Get Mrs. Johnson a NAPKIN (lead apron) and send her to CHERNOBYL (the X-ray area) while I GRAB SOME CHANGE (extract a tooth) out of Tim's BACK POCKET (rear of mouth)!"" "And at a diner: "Watch that HACKER (smoker) by the SWILL MILL (buffet table). I think he's gonna MILKEN (bolt without paying)."" "And on an airplane: "Throw the HITCHHIKER (ticketless passenger) out of NO CLASS (first class) and make sure the other passengers have their BISECTORS (seat belts) on. I'll see if MOE, LARRY, AND CURLY (the captain, copilot, and navigator) are in the DUNGEON (cockpit)."" "And in an emergency room: "He's a HANDOUT (welfare patient). I thought he was a FAKER (hypochondriac) until he RHUMBAED (experienced full cardiac arrest). We need to JUMP START (perform C.P.R. on) him. Now we're gonna FOOTBALL HIM TO A TIN CUP (dump him in a charity hospital). I'm waiting for the PUS BUS (ambulance)."" "Read Buzzwords and the next time you hear lawyers, psychiatrists, bartenders, auto mechanics, used-car dealers, or hotel clerks start throwing around terms like CHOP SHOP, LEONA, PC WHACKER, FLATLINERS, SCARF AND BARF, AND GROPE DOPE, you'll know exactly why it's time to start worrying!"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)



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