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March 22, 2005


0. integrated 0. management0. options
1. total1. organizational1. flexibility
2. systematized2. monitored2. capability
3. parallel3. reciprocal3. mobility
4. functional4. digital4. programming
5. responsive5. logistical5. concept
6. optional6. transitional6. time-phase
7. synchronized7. incremental7. projection
8. compatible8. third-generation8. hardware
9. balanced9. policy9. contingency

The procedure is simple. Think of any three-digit number, then select the corresponding buzzword from each column. For instance, number 257 produces "systematized logistical projection," a phrase that can be dropped into virtually any report with that ring of decisive, knowledgeable authority. "No one will have the remotest idea of what you're talking about," says Broughton, "but the important thing is that they're not about to admit it."

-- Philip Broughton, "How to Win at Wordsmanship"

Posted by Peskie at March 22, 2005 12:00 PM


I like 605 (Optional Management Concept) - I worked one place where this was a euphemism for being self-employed (i.e. fired). What about 619 (also known as an alternate supplier). I am also sure that I have seen 595 in some MBA studies...

Posted by: Ozguru at March 24, 2005 10:03 PM