Ambrose would surely approve...
July 1, 2019 12:40 PM   Subscribe

 
I feel this needs to be appended with the terms made up by Webshit Weekly.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:22 PM on July 1, 2019 [8 favorites]


I thought this was a double, but no: previously
posted by blnkfrnk at 1:36 PM on July 1, 2019


Techbro is on there but not brogrammer. Though the latter is somewhat related to techbro, I feel it is distinct enough to merit its own entry.
posted by k8bot at 1:40 PM on July 1, 2019


Cf - The Devil's DP Dictionary.

(note for younger readers: DP = Data Processing, what all this stuff was called in the 70s and 80s)
posted by Devonian at 1:56 PM on July 1, 2019 [5 favorites]


From a few decades back, The Devil's DP Dictionary, which was published in 1981 and was the first adaptation of this particular trope into the silicon age. Venerable enough to have an ACM citation, but not timeless enough to merit reprinting (although a heavily revised second edition was published in 1995, just at the dawn of the dotcom era and mere months too early for jokes about Yahoo or Netscape).

Thanks to Wikipedia I've learned that the author had not only pretty solid credentials in the tech industry but also in folk music circles. That makes his singling out the Irish for so much abuse and stereotyping in his book even more incongruously harsh in hindsight than it did when I read it in the early 1980s in middle America.
posted by ardgedee at 1:57 PM on July 1, 2019 [3 favorites]


hi-5 Devonian
posted by ardgedee at 1:58 PM on July 1, 2019 [1 favorite]


I'm trying to get a chuckle out of this but it's making me too depressed
posted by treepour at 2:02 PM on July 1, 2019 [5 favorites]


"Don’t Be Evil (ph) Google’s original corporate motto. Deprecated."

Beautifully succinct.
posted by Paragon at 2:02 PM on July 1, 2019 [7 favorites]


journalism (n) archaic - occupation rendered superfluous by the invention of Craigslist
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth at 3:08 PM on July 1, 2019 [2 favorites]


Techbro is on there but not brogrammer. Though the latter is somewhat related to techbro, I feel it is distinct enough to merit its own entry.

I was going to reply that "brogrammer" was soooooo 2012, while techbro is in heavy use, but a quick check of Google Trends shows that it's actual "brogrammer" that's more popular, and that no one outside of California ever searches for "techbro".

I use "techbro" at least once a day, and today is the first time I've even seen the word "brogrammer" written out in like 5 years.
posted by sideshow at 3:12 PM on July 1, 2019 [1 favorite]


"brogrammer" is a superior portmanteau but I can imagine why California had to adapt to include people who are definitely bros but have no discernible programming ability.
posted by Merus at 3:35 PM on July 1, 2019 [5 favorites]


Peripherally related, it looks like Erowid Recruiter is still going (previously).
posted by exogenous at 3:55 PM on July 1, 2019 [4 favorites]


Usually located in a city or town whose elected officials exchanged tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks for seven full-time security guard jobs.

This is our political system in a nutshell.
posted by maxwelton at 4:03 PM on July 1, 2019 [2 favorites]


Showed up to mention The Devil's DP Dictionary. Glad to see the other old-timers are still alive and kicking.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 5:23 PM on July 1, 2019


The definition for "Apology" was remarkably close to Bierce's. Bierce wrote that to apologize is to "lay the foundation for future offenses."
posted by dfm500 at 5:56 PM on July 1, 2019 [1 favorite]


microdosing (n) – Taking small amounts of illegal drugs while white. It may be possible to microdose without writing a book or personal essay about it, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

omg yes, this is the best one.
posted by drinkyclown at 6:23 PM on July 1, 2019 [12 favorites]


It may be possible to microdose without writing a book or personal essay about it, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

I LOLed too but lots of people microdose and only tell their besties.
posted by sjswitzer at 7:02 PM on July 1, 2019 [1 favorite]


Let's not forget that Stan Kelly-Bootle updated the excellent Devil's DP Dictionary in 1995, and called it The Computer Contradictionary.
posted by lhauser at 7:19 PM on July 1, 2019


I thought the best ones were free speech and thought leader.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 7:19 AM on July 2, 2019


Agree with most of the definitions, but a minor tweak on one:

"Usually located in a city or town whose elected officials exchanged tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks for seven full-time contract positions for security guard jobs."
posted by pianoblack at 8:10 AM on July 3, 2019


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